Bayer voluntarily recalls all unexpired Lotrimin AF and Tinactin spray products because they may contain a substance that can cause serious health risks. According to a news release issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall has been issued because the products could contain benzene, a carcinogen that can cause health risks, including blood disorders through exposure.
The recall applies to products with lot numbers beginning with TN, CV, or NAA, distributed between September 2018 and September 2021.
Details of the Recall
The affected Lotrimin and Tinactin spray products are over-the-counter antifungal products sold individually and in combo packs. The recalled products are all packaged in aerosol spray cans and distributed nationwide in the United States and in Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico through various retail channels.
Bayer is also notifying its distributors and retailers and arranging for all recalled products’ returns. If you have one of these products at home, you may request a refund by visiting lotrimin.com or tinactin.com. You must upload a photo of the product to get a refund. Consumers who have these products at home should stop using them and contact their healthcare provider if they have any questions or concerns, FDA advises.
The Dangers of Benzene
The FDA and other health agencies classify benzene as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene could occur by inhalation, orally, or through the skin. Depending on the level of exposure, those exposed may suffer health risks ranging from leukemia and blood cancer to blood disorders, which could be life-threatening.
Bayer has said it doesn’t know of any adverse health effects related to this recall. People who breathe in high levels of benzene may develop several signs and symptoms, including drowsiness, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, headaches, tremors, confusion, unconsciousness, or even death.
If You Have Been Affected
If you have had adverse reactions while using these or other products, please report them to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online, by regular mail, or by fax. If you have suffered serious health effects, it may be in your best interest to contact an experienced product defect lawyer who can help protect your rights and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.