Proctor and Gamble Recalls Dayquil Liquicaps


The US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with The Procter & Gamble Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, announced a voluntary recall of about 700,000 packages of Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu Liquicaps.

The cold and flu medicine packaged in a 24-count bonus pack is not in child-resistant packaging and is not labeled with a mandatory statement that warns parents to keep the medication away from children under the age of 12.

The product involved comes in an orange packaging with UPC code 3 23900 01087 1. It also has a yellow flag in the top right corner that reads “Bonus 20 Percent More”. It was sold in retail stores between September 2008 and December 2009. No other Vicks product is included in the recall.
So far, the CPSC has not received any reports of incidents or injuries.


Proctor and Gamble spokesperson Crystal Harrell said that the issue was discovered during a routine review of company packaging and the problem is being corrected. New boxes with the appropriate packaging will begin shipping within a week.

Dayquil contains acetaminophen, which in high doses can be toxic to children. Acetaminophen overloads the livers ability to process the drug safely. Dosage depends upon a person’s age and weight. An overdose can lead to life-threatening liver problems.

If a child ingests an adult product containing acetaminophen, the American Association of Poison Control Centers recommends that parents seek emergency care if the child swallows 91 milligrams of acetaminophen per pound of body weight in 24 hours. Signs of an overdose include nausea, vomiting, lethargy, and abdominal pain.

Consumers who have purchased the product do not need to do anything other than keep the product safely out of reach of children. The medication inside the packaging is not affected. However, if consumers would prefer a full refund, they can contact Procter & Gamble at 800-251-3374 between 9am and 6pm Eastern Time Monday through Friday or log into the company website at

This page is updated on May 11, 2013.