Potential Enema Bottle Tampering Under Investigation
FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations is working with police in Florida to investigate potential product tampering involving enema saline laxatives, reports the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. According to investigators in Florida, enema products that had been purchased at a CVS store appear to have been returned to that store after being used.
A CVS employee reportedly noticed that a customer had been returning enema products on multiple occasions. When an employee checked one box, "the employee observed all the enemas (6) had been used and the box had been resealed so it would appear to be unopened. An employee then checked the additional three boxes on the shelf and determined they had all been previously used," reads a statement from the sheriff's office. "Samples were taken of the fluid in the enema bottles and have been sent to the Florida Department of Health for testing. Fecal matter was located on some of the returned enema bottles. The fecal matter has been collected as evidence and submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for testing."
For more on the investigation, please visit the Web site of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office:
C.B. Fleet Company Inc., which manufactured one of the enema products in question, "is aware of a situation involving product tampering at the CVS located in Jacksonville, FL," a spokesperson from Fleet Laboratories told PMP News. "The issue involves approximately 12 enema packages that were sold between April 10 and June 12; these packages appear to have been used by a customer who then returned them to CVS with their safety seals intact. CVS does not believe any other stores or products are affected. CVS has advised us that one of these products was a Fleet enema product. CVS has attempted to contact identified customers who purchased the potentially impacted enema products, and dedicated a toll-free hotline for any consumers who may be concerned about product they have purchased. CVS is collaborating with the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on their investigations into this matter. Fleet continues to monitor the situation closely and is in communication with with CVS."