WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The DC Department of Health is asking people not to consume or buy Baczol, Pediatric Baczol or Baczol Antigripal.
According to health officials in a press release, "Baczol Suspension, manufactured in Central America, is marketed to treat symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. Some Baczol preparations contain the ingredients Trimethoprim and Sulfamethoxazole that are prescription-only products in the United States. The undeclared ingredients can cause life threatening skin reactions as well as potentially fatal side-effects."
Health officials say they recently found out convenience stores and markets were selling the products over the counter. They say stores should not sell these products in the District.
In April 2012, Maryland health officials also warned residents about Baczol: http://wamu.org/news/12/04/07/maryland_health_officials_warn_against_using_baczol
"Baczol contains an anti-biotic medicine and should only be taken when prescribed by a licensed physician," say officials.
Officials say if you have consumed any Baczol products you should stop taking the product immediately, dispose of it and talk to you doctor.
There is also a proper way to dispose of the drugs, say officials. they advise that you:
- Remove prescription drugs from their original containers.
- Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
- Put the mixture into a disposable container, such as an empty margarine tub or sealable bag.
- Conceal or remove any personal information, including the prescription number, on the empty containers by scratching it off or covering it with black permanent marker or duct tape.
- Place the sealed container with the mixture and the empty drug containers in the trash.
If you have consumed any Baczol product and begin to experience unusual or negative side effects call your doctor immediately or call 911.