The nasal spray is made by Product Quest Manufacturing, a Florida company that specializes in producing over-the-counter health and beauty care goods. The firm initiated the recall after discovering a bacterium known as Pseudomonas aeruginosa in some of the nasal spray bottles, according to the FDA recall letter.
The recall affects Lot# 173089J of CVS Health 12 Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist, a nasal decongestant, FDA said.
Pseudomonas infections typically occur in patients who have previously been hospitalized with another illness or condition, in individuals diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, and those with a compromised immune system, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In people with these risk factors, Pseudomonas infections can result in life-threatening illness and even death, CDC says.
Repeated use of CVS nasal spray could potentially cause Pseudomonas aeruginosa to accumulate in a person’s body, which could lead to an illness. Signs and symptoms of Pseudomonas infections include:
- Fever and chills
- Body aches
- Rapid pulse and breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Decreased urination
Consumers who purchased CVS Health 12 Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist affected by the recall should discard it immediately or return it to any CVS location for a refund. If you have additional questions about the recall, you should contact Product Quest Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone concerned about a bacterial infection should consult their physician.
Source: Live Science