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Tampering claims of children’s Advil spark FBI probe

Woman says bottle she bought at a W-B Rite Aid contained muscle relaxers and other pills

September 12. 2013 11:23PM

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WILKES-BARRE — The FBI is investigating a complaint that a bottle of children’s chewable Advil tablets purchased at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on East Northampton Street was tampered with.

Rite Aid spokeswoman Ashley Flower said in an email the pharmacy is cooperating with authorities.

“Though we believe this to be an isolated incident, out of an abundance of caution, we have removed the product from our Wilkes-Barre area locations, until the investigation is complete,” she said. “We are aware of and are investigating a customer concern involving an over-the-counter product purchased at one of our Wilkes-Barre area stores. We have and will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities regarding this matter.”

A check of the shelves on Thursday showed no chewable Advil tablets in the children’s medicine aisle. There were Infants’ Advil drops and adult Advil products on other shelves, however.

Steve Danehy, senior manager at Pfizer, the manufacturer of Advil, said the company is cooperating with authorities.

“We have been informed of a suspected product tampering incident related to one bottle of Children’s Advil purchased from a Rite Aid store in the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, area,” Danehy stated in an email. “We are working closely with Rite Aid and law enforcement to investigate this matter.”

“We are looking into it,” said Carrie Adamowski, FBI Public Affairs Specialist in Philadelphia on Thursday. She could not disclose when the complaint was filed.

A Facebook posting on the Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch page earlier this week says a mother purchased a bottle of children’s chewable Advil for her daughter, who has an injured elbow. She opened the box in her car and and thought it was odd that the tablets were shifting in the bottle.

When the mother arrived home, she discovered the seal on the bottle was broken and two different types of pills, neither of which were chewable Advil, according to the Facebook post.

The woman claimed on the Facebook post there were 16 muscle relaxer pills and several unmarked, round green pills in the bottle. The woman could not be reached for comment.

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