Several popular cold medicines removed from CVS store shelves

CVS Pulls Popular Cold Medicines from Store Shelves

Have you ever gone to your local pharmacy for cold medicine and found that the shelves are bare or the medication you need is no longer available? This is what many customers of CVS Pharmacy are currently experiencing. CVS has made the decision to pull a number of popular cold medications from their store shelves due to concerns about ingredient safety.

The Reason for the Removal

The decision to remove these medications from stores came after a voluntary recall by the manufacturer Perrigo Company plc. The recall was for several batches of their liquid guaifenesin and phenylephrine HCl. During their testing process, a small number of bottles were found to contain higher levels of a bacteria that could potentially be harmful to certain people.

While the risk is relatively low, CVS decided to take a precautionary approach and remove all of the products containing this ingredient from their stores. CVS and the manufacturer have confirmed that no other Perrigo products are affected by the recall.

The Impacted Products

The products impacted by this recall include store brand versions of popular cold medications such as CVS Health Children’s Cough Cold DM and CVS Health Infant’s Drops Cold Cough. The medications contain the ingredients guaifenesin and phenylephrine HCl.

Cold medicine

What to Look for on Store Shelves

If you are searching for cold medication at CVS, you may want to double-check the active ingredients on the label before making your purchase. CVS has removed all impacted products from their physical and online stores, but it is possible that some stores may still have a few items remaining on their shelves.

If you have already purchased one of the impacted products, CVS recommends that you stop using it immediately and return it to the store for a full refund.

Communication Strategies

CVS has been proactive in their approach to communicating this recall to customers. Emails were sent to customers who had previously purchased one of the impacted products and digital signs and flyers were placed in stores to alert customers to the recall.

They have also been using social media to get the message out. On their official Twitter account, CVS posted a message stating, “Your health and safety is our top priority and we’ve removed all impacted cough and cold products from our shelves. If you’ve purchased one of these products, stop using it and return it for a refund.”

Customer Reactions

As with any recall, customers have mixed reactions when it comes to the actions taken. Some appreciate the proactive approach and feel that it shows that CVS is putting their health and safety first. Others are frustrated by the inconvenience of having to go elsewhere for their preferred medication.

Some customers are also concerned about the availability of these types of medications in general. While CVS has removed products containing the impacted ingredients, there are still many other options available on their shelves and from other retailers.

Lessons Learned

This recall serves as a reminder of the importance of safety when it comes to over-the-counter medications. Manufacturers and retailers must be diligent in their testing processes and proactive in their communication to ensure that customers are protected.

It also highlights the importance of having multiple options available to consumers. While certain products may be temporarily unavailable due to recalls or other issues, there are typically other products that can fill the gap.


With cold and flu season upon us, the availability of cold medications is more important than ever. While the removal of these impacted products may be an inconvenience for some customers, it is ultimately a proactive move to ensure safety.

CVS has been diligent in their communication efforts and is offering refunds to customers who have already purchased the impacted products. As always, customers are encouraged to check the label of any medication before making a purchase and to consult with their healthcare provider if they have any concerns.

Joseph Hubbard

Joseph Hubbard is a seasoned journalist passionate about uncovering stories and reporting on events that shape our world. With a strong background in journalism, he has dedicated his career to providing accurate, unbiased, and insightful news coverage to the public.

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