Child-resistant closure (caps) on some liquid medicines need tightening to ensure safe storage

TGA safety notification

14 October 2009

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has become aware that the caps on some children's liquid medicines may require tightening to ensure the child-resistant closure is activated correctly.

Importantly, the quality and effectiveness of the medicines concerned are not affected by this problem.

What parents and caregivers need to do

If you have purchased ANY medicine with a child-resistant closure you should:

  • Check the cap is working correctly by TIGHTENING it fully and THEN making sure that it does not unscrew without pressing down on the cap.
  • Fully activate the closure after each use of the medicine.
  • If you find that the cap does not lock properly, you should take the product to the place of purchase for advice.

Products that the TGA is aware may be affected is provided below.

Child-resistant closures (caps)

To help prevent accidental poisoning by small children, some medicines are required to have child-resistant closures.

A child-resistant cap locks onto the medicine container when tightened. It may make a 'clicking' sound, but should not unscrew unless the cap is pressed down firmly at the same time.

Many medicines used for pain relief and fever are required to have a child-resistant closure.

It is important to ensure that the child resistant closure is correctly activated after each use of the medicine.

Consumers are reminded that even where child resistant closures are present and operating correctly, it is important to keep medicines away from children.

Products that the TGA is aware may be affected by this problem

This list may not be complete and you should check the child-resistant closures on all medicines currently in your possession.

Product AUST R number
Chemmart Pharmacy Children's Paracetamol 1-5 years Colour Free Suspension 78708
Chemmart Pharmacy Children's Paracetamol 5-12 years Colour Free Suspension 78688
Chemmart Pharmacy Dry Cough Mixture 94135
Chemmart Pharmacy Head Cold & Allergy Elixir 69965
Demazin Cough & Cold Relief Colour Free 2 years - adult 151700
Pharmacy Choice Dry Cough Mixture 132943
Pharmacy Choice Head Cold and Allergy Elixir 132710
Pharmacy Choice Paracetamol Children's Suspension 1-5 years 126542
Pharmacy Choice Paracetamol Children's Suspension 5-12 years 126543
Pharmacy Health Cold & Cough Elixir 93726
Pharmacy Health Colour Free Children's Paracetamol Suspension 1-5 years 82401
Pharmacy Health Colour Free Children's Paracetamol Suspension 5-12 years 82400
Pharmacy Health Dry Tickly Cough Mixture 81746
Pharmacy Health Ibuprofen 20mg/mL Suspension Oral Liquid 93610
Priceline Congested Cold and Cough Elixir 132871
Priceline Decongestant and Antihistamine Elixir 132595
Priceline Dry Tickly Cough Mixture> 148058
Priceline Ibuprofen Suspension for Children 123258
Priceline Paracetamol Colour Free Suspension 1-5 years 124631
Priceline Paracetamol Colour Free 5-12 years 124416
Soul Pattinson Colour Free Children's Paracetamol Suspension 5-12 Years 74522
Soul Pattinson Cold & Cough Elixir 81838
Soul Pattinson Dry Tickly Cough Medicine 58502
Soul Pattinson Dry Raspy Cough Linctus 24185
Terry White Chemists Dry Cough Mixture 94137
Terry White Chemists Head Cold and Allergy Elixir 77790
Terry White Chemists Paracetamol Colour Free Suspension Children 1-5 years 78707
Terry White Chemists Paracetamol Colour Free Suspension Children 5-12 years 78613
Your Pharmacy Colour Free Paracetamol Suspension 1-5 years 119143
Your Pharmacy Colour Free Paracetamol Suspension 5-12 years 119556
Your Pharmacy Congested Cold & Cough Medicine 155127
Your Pharmacy Congested Cough Medicine 155386
Your Pharmacy Decongestant and Antihistamine Elixir 150378
Your Pharmacy Dry Tickly Cough Medicine 139219

About the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

  • The TGA is part of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, and is responsible for regulating medicines and medical devices.
  • TGA administers the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act), applying a risk management approach designed to ensure therapeutic goods supplied in Australia meet acceptable standards of quality, safety and efficacy (performance).
  • The work of the TGA is based on applying scientific and clinical expertise to decision-making, to ensure that the benefits to consumers outweigh any risks associated with the use of medicines and medical devices.
  • The TGA relies on the public, healthcare professionals and industry to report problems with medicines or medical devices. TGA investigates reports received by it to determine any necessary regulatory action.
  • To report a problem with a medicine or medical device, please see information on the TGA website: Report a problem.