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Tylenol Recall for Kids and Parents

Yet more frustrating news for those of us who thought our medicine cabinets were finally safe: Johnson & Johnson has announced an expansion of an earlier recall of Children’s Tylenol Meltaways as well as several adult-strength meds. This follows a purge of 27 varieties of Johnson & Johnson over-the-counter (OTC) adult and children’s remedies recalled in January (a recall that was already expanded once in June 2010) and more than 40 Johnson & Johnson infant and children’s medicines recalled in May 2010. For those of you keeping score, this is the fourth recall of kid meds from J&J this year!

This latest recall of 21 lots of OTC drugs is the second expansion of the recall issued on January 15, 2010, following complaints of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that sickened some consumers with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. The products included in the July 8th recall were sold in the U.S., the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica. This most recent recall includes some batches of:

  • Children’s Tylenol Meltaways
  • Adult-strength versions of:
    • Benadryl
    • Motrin IB
    • Tylenol Extra Strength
    • Tylenol Day & Night
    • Tylenol PM

The company states that it is unlikely that consumers would become seriously ill from using the recalled products.

The initial recall in January included approximately 54 million packages of OTC remedies in the Americas, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Fiji. (Six million packages of Tylenol Arthritis were also recalled in late 2009 because of the same odor-related problem.) The odor was ultimately linked to trace amounts of a chemical that resulted from the breakdown of a commonly used fungicide and flame retardant chemical used to treat wooden pallets for transporting and storing packaging materials in a Las Piedras, Puerto Rico facility.

Check out Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare recall website for more information, including the full recalled product list. Click here to request a refund or a coupon good for future purchase. You can also say up-to-date on other medicine recalls by checking our constantly updated recalls section.

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