A typographical error on some packs of Lemsip Max Cold & Flu Capsules lists the amount of paracetamol contained per capsule as 500g rather than 500mg – well above the recommended maximum daily dose of 4g of paracetamol.

The manufacturer, RB, has confirmed that the paracetamol content of the medicine itself is correct at 500mg per capsule, and the correct information is printed on the patient information leaflet inside the box.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has issued a Class 4 Medicines Defect Information notice over the issue, but has not recalled the packs as it says the typographical error does not affect the quality or efficacy of the medicine.

MHRA said that if healthcare professionals do receive queries about the information printed on the outside carton, they should signpost patients to Section 6 of the Patient Information Leaflet.

RB said that the error occurred after a recent packaging design upgrade and has been corrected on ongoing productions.

The manufacturer added: 'We would like to reassure consumers that the detail contained on all patient information leaflets inside the boxes is accurate and contains 500mg of paracetamol, with no changes to the composition of the capsules. We encourage consumers to always refer to the information leaflet provided with any medicine and ask their healthcare professional if they have any concerns.'

The error affects nine batches distributed since 4 January 2023:

Batch number Expiry date Pack size First distributed
AED954 1 Dec 25 16 capsules 24 Jan 2023
AED955 1 Dec 25 16 capsules 17 Jan 2023
AED956 1 Dec 25 16 capsules 25 Jan 2023
AED957 1 Jan 26 16 capsules 17 Jan 2023
AED958 1 Jan 26 16 capsules 30 Jan 2023
AED960 1 Jan 26 16 capsules 06 Feb 2023
AED961 1 Jan26 16 capsules 06 Feb 2023
AED981 1 Oct 25 8 capsules 04 Jan 2023
AEE003 1 Jan 26 8 capsules 06 Feb 2023


Last month, PAGB told The Pharmacist that demand for over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines at Christmas was nearly 60% higher than in 2019, according to market research figures shared by PAGB.