Gripe water shortage comes to an end
Monday, 12th March 2012
It’s a small gripe, that’s nearly over
If you’re a parent that uses or has ever used gripe water.
You may or may not be aware of the recent gripe water shortage that has caused mass panic for parents with colic and windy babies.
Earlier this month The Mail on Sunday told how a shortage of Britain’s bestselling brand was forcing families to scramble for supplies due to its forced suspension of the product. The problem with Woodward’s Gripe Water arose because the ingredients were being added in the wrong order, which meant that the product was technically breaching its licence.
The company was then forced to halt production in order to resolve the problem. A spokesman for medicines watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, said: ‘The decision to stop manufacturing was made by Reckitt Benckiser after the irregularities were discovered. ‘We anticipate having a date for manufacturing soon.’
The gripe water promises ‘rapid relief of wind and gripe’ and is used by many families with babies who suffer from this condition.
When it was revealed the product would be suspended, mass panic ensued with Mums paying up to five and even six times its original retail price. The product retails from around £2.49, but parents were paying up to £10 and £15 for the product.
Woodward’s gripe water contains sodium hydrogen carbonate and dill seed oil. It is alcohol and sugar-free.