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Family Dollar Shoppers, Beware: Massive Recall of Advil, Nyquil, and More OTC Meds

Hundreds of products sold at stores in 23 states have been affected.

Many of us have started turning to dollar stores for our basic needs as prices stay high across the country. But if you've recently bought certain over-the-counter (OTC) medications or other consumer staples from Family Dollar, you might want to double-check them. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert regarding a recall of hundreds of products that were sold at the popular discount retailer in 23 different states. Read on for more information about the massive Family Dollar recall.

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The FDA is alerting consumers to a new recall from Family Dollar.

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On Oct. 10, the FDA shared an announcement from Family Dollar regarding a massive new recall. According to the alert, the company has issued a "voluntary retail-level product recall of certain OTC drugs and medical devices" that are regulated by the FDA.

The FDA included a list of the recalled products alongside the announcement. The eight-page document covers hundreds of well-known items, including several popular OTC meds: Advil, Nyquil, Dayquil, Aleve, Tylenol, Benadryl, Pepto Bismol, and many more. But the recall also goes beyond medications. Other consumers staples including toothpaste, mouthwash, chapstick, shampoo, soap, and moisturizer have also been affected.

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The recalled products were sold at stores in 23 states.

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According to the announcement, the recalled items were sent to different Family Dollar stores in 23 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

"Not all of the products listed were sent to all stores," Family Dollar noted in its announcement. But the items were "inadvertently shipped to certain stores" in these 23 states on or around June 1 through Sept. 21, according to the alert.

"These items were sold at those stores between June 1, 2023 and Oct. 4, 2023," the release states.

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The products were improperly stored.

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According to the announcement, the recalled products were improperly stored before being shipped to stores.

"These items were stored outside of labeled temperature requirements by Family Dollar," the company explained.

Family Dollar has not received any consumer complaints or reports of illness related to the voluntary recall as of Oct. 10. Nevertheless, the company said that this "recall is being conducted out of an abundance of caution."

Family Dollar is asking consumers to return any recalled products.

Indianapolis - Circa March 2019: Family Dollar Variety Store. Family Dollar is a Subsidiary of Dollar Tree I

Family Dollar said it had notified potentially impacted stores about this recall. The company has asked these locations "to check their stock immediately and to quarantine and discontinue the sale of any affected product," according to the announcement. Those at the consumer-level are also being asked check their homes.

"Customers who purchased affected product may return such product to the Family Dollar store where they were purchased without receipt," the company said.

If you've used any of the recalled medications and believe you're having any adverse reactions, you should report it to the FDA and reach out to your doctor.

"Customers should contact their physician or health care provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using these products," Family Dollar stated in its alert.

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Kali Coleman
Kali Coleman is a Senior Editor at Best Life. Her primary focus is covering news, where she often keeps readers informed on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and up-to-date on the latest retail closures. Read more
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