Health Highlights: June 22, 2020

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Children’s Robitussin Honey Cough And Chest Congestion DM Recalled

Two lots of Children’s Robitussin Honey Cough and Chest Congestion DM and one lot of Children’s Dimetapp Cold and Cough have been recalled because they have incorrect dosing cups that could put children at risk of an overdose.

The dosing cups for Children’s Robitussin Honey are missing the 5 mL and 10 mL graduations, while the dosing cups for the Children’s Dimetapp are missing the 10 mL graduation. The dosing cups with both products only have the 20 mL graduation, according to GSK Consumer Healthcare.

There is a risk of an accidental overdose if adults dispensing the products don’t notice the discrepancies between the graduations printed on the dosing cups and the label’s indicated amounts to be given to children, the company warned.

The recall is for: Children’s Robitussin Honey Cough and Chest Congestion DM (4oz)
NDC 0031-8760-12, Lots: 02177 (Exp. Jan. 2022), 02178 (Exp. Jan. 2022); and Children’s Dimetapp Cold and Cough (8oz), NDC 0031-2234-19, Lot: CL8292 (Exp. Sep. 2021).

The lots were distributed across the United States between Feb, 5, 2020, and June 3, 2020.

For more information, consumers can call 1-800-762-4675, Monday to Friday, 8 am to 6 pm EST.


Skin-Lightening Products Dropped by Johnson & Johnson

Products sold as dark-spot reducers but used by some people to lighten skin tone will soon be taken off the market, manufacturer Johnson & Johnson said.

Neutrogena Fine Fairness and Clear Fairness by Clean & Clear were sold in Asia and the Middle East, but not in the United States, The New York Times reported.

“Conversations over the past few weeks highlighted that some product names or claims on our Neutrogena and Clean & Clear dark-spot reducer products represent fairness or white as better than your own unique skin tone,” according to a statement from Johnson & Johnson. “This was never our intention — healthy skin is beautiful skin.”

The company said links to both products are being removed from its website, but added that the products may still be on store shelves “for a short while,” the Times reported.

In related news, Band-Aid last week announced that it would start selling bandages meant to match different skin tones.

The company, which is also owned by Johnson & Johnson, said it offered bandages with different skin tones in 2005 but discontinued them “due to lack of demand,” the Times reported.

“Since then, we’ve seen conversation increase on this topic and we were planning to bring a new offering to the market for diverse skin tones,” Band-Aid said in a statement.