Ineffective Store Brand Cold Medicine Investigation

Migliaccio & Rathod is investigating several national and regional retailers for selling oral cold medicine and decongestants containing the drug phenylephrine, which the FDA has recently declared to be completely ineffective at treating congestion. Many large retailers have been selling store brand oral medicines containing the drug, often lauding the medicines ability to treat heavy colds and congestion.

FDA officials have stated that despite claims of phenylephrine’s effectiveness in breaking up congestion, it is no better than a placebo. Some doctors have said that phenylephrine may be worse than a placebo, as consumers may take multiple doses of medicine in trying to address symptoms, exposing them to potentially dangerous levels of other active ingredients.

According to consumer research, these retailers have been selling store-brand medicine containing phenylephrine:

  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Walgreens
  • Publix
  • Kroger
  • CVS
  • Albertsons
  • Food Lion
  • Meijer
  • H-E-B

Have you purchased store-brand cold medicine containing phenylephrine from a major retailer?

If so, we would like to hear from you. Please complete the contact form on this page, send us an email at [email protected], or give us a call at (202) 470-3520.

The lawyers at Migliaccio & Rathod LLP have years of experience in class action litigation against large corporations, including in cases involving unfair and deceptive trade practices. More information about our current cases and investigations is available on our blog.