Stocks of Woodward’s Gripe Water have almost dried up at supermarkets and pharmacies – leading to mothers panic buying the remaining supplies.
Until now the reason for the shortage was not clear. But yesterday the manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser confirmed production had ceased four months ago.
Bottles of the tonic, which sell in shops at £2.49, have been changing hands on eBay for up to five times the normal price.
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The investigation by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is understood to be focusing on claims made in the written material that accompanies the bottle.
A spokesman for Reckitt Benckiser said: ‘I understand we stopped producing it last year because of some kind of licensing issues but we hope to start selling the product again in a few months.
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