Urgent recall of medicine that stops babies from crying while teething after chloroform was added

Authorities have recalled a medicine used to stop babies from crying while teething after chloroform was put into the mixture.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration posted a recall notice for Infants’ Friend oral liquid due to the presence of chloroform as an inactive ingredient.

The product is sold at pharmacies across the country, with all batches being recalled.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration have recalled Infants' Friend oral liquid (pictured)

The Therapeutic Goods Administration have recalled Infants’ Friend oral liquid (pictured)

‘The TGA recently became aware that Infants’ Friend oral liquid includes a small amount of chloroform as an inactive ingredient,’ the recall notice reads. 

‘When used at high doses, Infants’ Friend oral liquid can expose children to levels of chloroform that are higher than the level established to be safe.

‘However, intermittent, short-term use is not expected to be harmful.

‘The TGA investigation concluded that the safety of Infants’ Friend oral liquid was not acceptable due to the potential for infants to be exposed to intakes of chloroform that exceed a safe level.

‘This conclusion took into consideration that the product label did not specify a maximum number of doses or duration of use, which may lead to prolonged use at high doses.’

Families should stop using the product and return it to their place of purchase to receive a full refund (stock image)

Families should stop using the product and return it to their place of purchase to receive a full refund (stock image)

Ingesting chloroform over long periods or in high doses can cause damage to the nervous system, liver and kidneys.

Families have been recommended to stop using the product and return it to their place of purchase for a full refund.  

‘If you suspect your infant has had an adverse effect to this product, please report it to the TGA,’ the recall reads.

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