Friday, January 15, 2010

Millions of Bottles of Tylenol Recalled

January 15, 2010 – Do you have a bottle of Tylenol on your shelf? If so, you might want to check the label. Johnson & Johnson has expanded a recall of their over-the-counter medications, thanks to a moldy smell that is making users sick. This is the second time the company has done recalled Tylenol in less than a month.

A complete list of the recalled products and their lot numbers can be viewed here. To see if your bottle of Tylenol is affected, check the lot number on the sticker that’s placed on the product’s bottle.

The recall began last month with the popular Tylenol arthritis caplet and expanded this morning to include more than two dozen medications that are manufactured by McNeil Healthcare LLC. According to the company, about 54 million bottles of over-the-counter medication were added to the recall, which boosts the total number of recalled items to 60 million.

The voluntary recall began in December, after some consumers complained of stomach problems. Their upset stomachs were linked to the presence of a chemical that is caused by the wood pallets that are used to transport and store packaging materials for the drugs.

McNeil Healthcare added that the musty-smelling chemical posted no fatal risk to those who ingested it. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea.

In its statement, the company advised consumers who purchased the recalled items to stop using them immediately and contact McNeil for information about how they can obtain a refund or a replacement.

The Food and Drug Administration is criticizing the company for failing to respond quickly to complaints about the musty odor, which date as far back as 2008.

Among other varieties, the recalled products include:

Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets
Tylenol Arthritis Caplets
Tylenol Extra Strength PM Caplets
Motrin IB

If you have any questions about the Tylenol recall, call the Johnson & Johnson McNeil consumer call center at 1-888-222-6036. The Food and Drug Administration’s website keeps an up-to-date list of all the consumer products that pose a health risk, so be sure to check it out and see if any of the products in your home pose a health risk.

Lastly, be sure to consult your health care professional if you have any concerns about the medication that’s on your shelf. After all, medicine is designed to help, not hurt you!

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