Recall: Actavis Amoxicillin

Glass has been found in two bottles of Amoxicillin medicine.

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The problem

Glass fragments have been found in two bottles of the Actavis brand of Amoxicillin oral liquid, prompting a recall by the company.

There have been no reports of any harm from the glass being in the bottles. The recall has occurred as a precautionary measure as the glass fragments found in the bottles appear to have been broken off from the lip of the bottle during manufacturing of the product.


Amoxicillin is a frequently prescribed antibiotic and is often used for treatment in children for glue ear, chest, skin and urinary tract infections.

Only the oral liquid Actavis Amoxicillin is affected. The capsule form and other brands of Amoxicillin are not affected and alternative antibiotics to Amoxicillin are available.

Actavis Amoxicillin oral liquid is packaged in glass bottles and is available in two strengths: 125mg/5ml and 250mg/5ml.

What to do

  • Anyone prescribed Amoxicillin liquid by their doctor is advised to check if it is the Actavis brand and if it is to stop using it and contact their GP or pharmacist for a replacement. This brand of Amoxicillin has only been widely used since the beginning of this month.
  • Do not give any further doses of Actavis Amoxicillin oral liquid.
  • Contact your doctor or pharmacist for further advice. Your doctor may give you an alternative brand of Amoxicillin, an alternative antibiotic or alternative treatment.

Anyone wanting advice is advised to call Healthline 0800 611 116 or Plunketline 0800 933 922.

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