Coles and Woolworths not selling Baby Panadol

Here’s an interesting point, Coles and Woolworths do not sell Panadol for babies, not very convienient.

The reason I understand it as being so, is because they could get sued if someone were to buy Panadol from there, and overdose or so forth. Notice they still sell Adult tablets, and the Large bottles (designed for Children over 2+).

Now, just thinking from the lawsuit avenue, what if I couldn’t get Panadol from anywhere else, and they didn’t have it?

Could I sue Coles / Woolworths for NOT having it?

What if someone purchased the large bottle, and gave the wrong dose (of the wrong medicine), could they sue because it was all that was available?

I find the move to not sell Panadol of the baby level a little.. stupid. They are more likely to get sued from the other two pointed out avenues, compared to someone buying it and giving out a overdose.

Also, there’s heaps of chemists around, so, one could theoretically buy from seperate chemists.

I just don’t see why they WOULD NOT sell it for fear of a law suit, there is a more likely lawsuit from those requiring it, or purchasing the wrong product, because the right product was not available – which will likely do more harm, compared to having the actual product available.

The chemists around my local area all close spot on at 5pm. Too bad if you needed some a little after, like we thought of today.

Luckily a Day / Night Chemist a short while over was open til 7pm.

Coles is generally open until 10pm most nights. Woolworths is open until 12am most nights, except weekends, 10pm. The extra hours mean a lot to someone chasing Baby Panadol during those hours after 5pm. It’s simply weird to be excluding all people, because of the very small likelihood of someone being stupid. Actually, if someone were to sue for selling it, I’d tell them to grow a brain, and use it. It’s not a retailers job to judge what people purchase, it’s actually the purchaser’s job to ensure they are buying and using the product for the purposes intended.

I suppose in a world that will sue over anything, not for reasons of “just compensation”, but “for the money”, you can only cover your ass so much, and even in doing so, you open up more holes for others to attack anyway. It’s a difficult area, and no – win, no – fee lawyers who sit up on coffee all day and night to find those loopholes are somewhat the problem.

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  13. li says:

    If the Panadol is clearly labeled about how much should be taken, will anyone still be able to sue the supermarkets?

  14. fluffygutss says:

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  15. Hayden says:

    You’ve got a good point about limiting their responsibility. I can’t really see how the retailer can be sued for not selling a product though. It’s a bit like saying “im going to sue Coles for not selling milk, because milk is good for my bones and I’ll get arthritis if I don’t drink it.” Surely the retailer can choose what products they can sell.

  16. mel miller says:

    I totally agree with you they should sell baby panadol

  17. Lala says:

    Little late on commenting here but I just have to say I currently work at Woolies. I get this question the most – people looking for children’s liquid panadol. We sell the dissoluble tablets (for 7 years) or a chew able for I think 4 years +. It boggles my mind constantly being asked about medicines. Alot of people will ask me how much to take, when they can take it etc…. I just stack the shelves! I am not medically trained nor have any more info on these products as to what is on the back of them. We are certainly not trained to give advice. Alot of people are not switched on and I understand why Woolies and Coles will not sell them due to fear of being sued. Most people wont bother to read the backs of anything these days!

  18. Dianne McDonald says:

    it is past closing time for a chemist now, im chasing panadol for my sick and feverish baby of 17months old. the closest ive found is 40 min drive from me.


    Make it available at hospitals late at night to purchase if coles ect wont

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