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P&G Warned Over Vicks Products With Vitamin C

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On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent Proctor & Gamble Co. a warning letter regarding the illegal marketing of two Vicks cold and flu medicines.

The warning, involves Vicks DayQuil Plus and Nyquil Plus, both with vitamin C. According to the agency, the combinations of drug and dietary ingredients have not been proven safe and effective and therefore cannot be marketed legally.

Additionally, the agency said it had previously determined that there was insufficient data to support vitamin C is safe and effective in preventing or treating the common cold.

Earlier in the month, the FDA issued a similar warning but it was quickly retracted. An FDA spokesman said Friday that the letter was “issued prematurely – prior to the completion of an internal process.”

Some OTC drugs are permitted to be marketed without FDA approval, but the products in question failed to comply with its rules and first must be evaluated and approved under the agency’s new drug approval process, according to the AP.