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Boots: 'Health and safety of customers is always our highest priority'

Boots has recalled some of its cough and cold medicines over fears that plastic might have got into the liquid.

The health and safety of our customers and patients is always our highest priority so as a precaution we are recalling some Boots Pharmaceuticals medicine lines.

Whilst we're not currently aware of any customer incidences, we have taken the decision to ask customers to return these products to our stores for a refund.

We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause our customers and would like to offer our reassurances that these actions are taken as a precaution, while we fully investigate the situation.

– Boots

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Boots recalls cough and cold medicines

Boots has recalled some of its cough and cold medicines over fears that plastic might have got into the liquid.

The pharmacy company, based in Nottingham, said it identified a possible fault in the manufacturing process of the tamper seal which might result in small pieces of plastic getting into the solutions.

A Boots store Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) published the company-led recall for medicines purchased since September.

There is "currently no evidence" of any problems among people who have taken the medicines, MHRA said.

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Shoppers asked to return some cold medicines to Boots

Shoppers are being asked to return the medicine to Boots as a precautionary measure, where they will get a refund.

Anyone with questions can telephone the Boots Customer Care Line on 0800 915 0004, or contact the healthcare team at their local Boots store.

The medicines are:

  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Paracetamol 6 years Plus (250mg/5ml oral solution 200ml)
  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Ibuprofen 3 Months Plus (100mg/5ml oral suspension, strawberry flavour)
  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Chesty Cough Relief (100mg/5ml oral solution)
  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Dry Cough Relief oral solution
  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Mucus Cough Relief (100mg/5ml oral solution)

Read: Boots recalls cough and cold medicines

Evacuation of Nottingham road following explosion

Environmental Protection Units arrived to assess the situation Credit: ITV News Central

Fire services have today evacuated a road in Nottingham following a small explosion after two chemicals were mixed accidentally.

The incident happened today (April 9) on Mansfield Road, Sherwood, inside a Boots Chemist.

A fire officer said that two chemicals were being mixed together in the store, they reacted, heated up and there was a small explosion.

The store and vicinity has been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

The road was evacuated as a precautionary measure Credit: ITV News Central
The area hosed down by fire crews Credit: ITV News Central

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Boots confirm jobs to go at Nottingham factory

Boots have confirmed that 200 jobs will go at their Nottingham BCM factory over the next two years.

By modernising and improving the efficiency of our Nottingham factory, we strengthen its position for the future and make it more suited to support the increasing global footprint of our product brands. It is an important step in our continued efforts to keep contract manufacturing in the UK, despite the ongoing challenges that the industry faces.”

– Alex Gourlay, Chief Executive, Health & Beauty Division, Alliance Boots

Boots sell nearly 50% of business

Nottingham based Boots sell 45% of the company to Americans
Nottingham based Boots sell 45% of the company to Americans Credit: PA Pictures

The Nottingham based pharmaceutical, Boots, has signed a deal worth $6.7 billion with the largest drug store chain in the US.

The deal means that the US company, Walgreens, will gain a 45% stake in the British company with the option of total control by 2015.

Walgreens, The largest drug store chain in the US
Walgreens, The largest drug store chain in the US Credit: PA Pictures

Boots have sold the 45% stake so that they can become the first global pharmacy business with 11,000 stores in 12 countries.

The British retailer currently employs around 75,000 staff in the UK. They have also said that they are committed to keeping their current support offices across Europe as well as their operational hub in Nottingham.

The stores will continue to operate under their existing brands and the companies have said they have no plans to make any redundancies because the two businesses complement each other.

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