Cold Medicine Recall

Winter 2000 CSANews Issue 37  |  Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.Back to list

On Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), followed by Health Canada, issued a health advisory warning that phenylpropanolamine (PPA) could be linked to strokes. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2000, major drugstore chains across the country pulled dozens of over-the-counter cold remedies from their shelves. Some of the drugs that contain PPA are Dimetapp Cold and Sinus, Contac Cold Capsules, Triaminic DM Daytime Syrup and Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine. There are currently 63 products on the market in Canada that contain PPA.

Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharma Plus told stores to remove all products containing PPA from their shelves. Both chains are also offering a full refund for any products containing the ingredient.

For patients who need alternative prescription drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists will contact their doctors to discuss drugs without PPA, said spokesperson Arthur Konviser.

The FDA warnings stem from a report released in mid-October that linked bleeding strokes in a small percentage of people to drugs containing PPA. Health Canada has decided to follow the American lead until its own assessment of the drug is complete.

We recommend that all Snowbirds check their medicine cabinets and destroy any medicines on the following list and any others containing PPA.

For more information, call Health Canada at (613) 957-2992 or go online to and follow the link to Health Canada.

Drugs containing PPA that are currently being sold in Canada:
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine (effervescent tablets)
  • Antitussive Decongestant Antihistamine Syrup
  • Bronchodex D Capsules
  • Caldomine DH Adult
  • Caldomine DH Enfant
  • Cold & Allergy Relief ­ liquid
  • Cold Decongestant Long Acting Capsules
  • Cold Relief
  • Cold Relief MD
  • Coltalin Tablets
  • Contac Cold Capsules
  • Contac Cold Extra Strength Capsules
  • Contac Cough Cold and Flu Capsules
  • Contac Cold Capsules
  • Contac Cold Extra Strength Capsules
  • Contac Cough, Cold and Flu Caplets
  • Coricidin D Long Acting Tablets
  • Coricidin D Tablets
  • Coricidin ND Tablets
  • Coricidin Sinus Headache Tablets
  • Cough, Cold & Allergy Relief
  • Counteract Sinus and Allergy
  • Decongestant Antihistaminic Syrup
  • Dilotab
  • Dimetane Expectorant ­ C Syrup
  • Dimetane Expectorant ­ DC Syrup
  • Dimetane Expectorant Liquid
  • Dimetapp ­ C Syrup
  • Dimetapp Chewable Tablets
  • Dimetapp Children's Cold & Allergy Tablets
  • Dimetapp Children's Cold & Fever
  • Dimetapp Clear
  • Dimetapp Cold & Sinus
  • Dimetapp Cough, Cold and Flu
  • Dimetapp Cough & Cold Liqui-Gels Capsules
  • Dimetapp DM Elixir
  • Dimetapp DM Tablets
  • Dimetapp Elixir
  • Dimetapp Extentabs
  • Dimetapp Liqui-Gels Capsules
  • Dimetapp Oral Infant Drops
  • Dimetapp Tablets
  • Emercidin "D" Tablets
  • Entex LA
  • Ornade AF Spansule SRC
  • Ornade Spansule SRC
  • Oradrine Tablets
  • Oradrine 2 Tablets
  • Pharmacol DM Syrup
  • Sine-Off Allergy Tablets
  • Sine-Off ND Extra Strength Caplets
  • Sine-Off Tablets
  • Sinutab SA Tablets
  • Tantacol DM Syrup
  • Tantapp Elixir
  • Tavist-D Tablets
  • Triaminic Cold and Allergy Syrup
  • Triaminic DM Daytime Syrup
  • Triaminic Expectorant DH Syrup
  • Tri-Anamine Cold Syrup
  • Tri-Anamine Expectorant Antihistamine Decongestant Syrup
  • Trisulfaminic Suspension
  • Trisulfaminic Tablets
  • Tussaminic C Forte Syrup
  • Tussaminic DH Pediatric Syrup
  • Tussaminic DH Forte Syrup