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Dear Robitussin

Christopher L. Jorgensen
P.O. Box 93042
Des Moines, IA 50393

December 29, 2008

5 Giralda Farms
Madison, NJ 07940

Dear Robitussin,

Did you know your product makes a superior replacement choice for grenadine in most cocktails? The other night I was making some Tequila Sunrises for some friends, only to realize, after it was too late, that I was out of grenadine. Instead of allowing this to ruin the evening, for my friends and I, a simple bottle of Robitussin Cough syrup saved the day (evening actually)! Don’t worry, I was ethical about this. I told most of them.

Alcohol kills germs, orange juice helps fight a cold, and Robitussin makes things a bit better! There are over 500 drinks made with grenadine. Think of this untapped market. A recipe book extolling the virtues of using Robitussin Cough syrup instead of grenadine would make the stuff fly off the shelves. Now people can go out and party even while not feeling well or with a cold.

I can’t believe it took me this long to discover this! If you do come out with a Robitussin cocktail book, could you please send me one?


Christopher L. Jorgensen



Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
Product Quality
P. O. Box 26609
Richmond, VA 23261

January 13, 2009

Christopher L. Jorgensen
P.O. Box 93042
Des Moines, IA 50393

Ref. #: 0918700008

Dear Mr. Jorgensen:

Thank you for contacting us regarding Robitussin®. While we appreciate you taking the time to write to us, regulations set forth by the Food and Drug Administration only permits us to recommend our products for those conditions indicated on the label. We strongly discourage using this product in the manner in which you described. Your comments have been forwarded to our Global Safety Department for reporting.

Wyeth Consumer Healthcare is firmly committed to the manufacture and sale of only the finest quality products and is grateful that you brought this matter to our attention. Should you have additional questions, please call 1-800-ROBINS5 (1-800-762-4675). Our offices are open weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.


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Wyeth Product Quality




Robitussin website:

Scan of the letter from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals


Originally I sent this to NyQuil to no response. Drug companies don’t seem to have a sense of humor. Midol.  Cialis

I’m not sure if “forwarded to our Global Safety Department for reporting” constitutes a legal threat.

For the record, I did not do this, and would advise you not either. Replacing grenadine with anything is crazy talk.

By Christopher L. Jorgensen


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