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Over 200 Injured by Icy Hot Patches

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This week Chattem Inc., the makers of Icy Hot, announced a voluntary recall of its Icy Hot Heat Therapy patches after over 200 complaints of burns and skin irritations were reported in conjunction with the use of the patches. Some consumers experienced first, second, and third degree burns from the product. It is not yet clear whether injuries resulted from the improper or proper use of the product. Some people with sensitive skin or elderly patients may be more susceptible to adverse reactions.

After receiving the first spate of injury reports in September, the company expanded the warning label to include specific instructions for people 55 and older, whose sensitive skin might be better protected by applying the patch to their clothing instead of directly to their skin.

The recalled patches can be returned for a full refund by contacting the company’s consumer affairs department during normal business hours.