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Monday, May 3, 2010

Smarty Alert: Children's Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, Benadryl and More Recalled

By Jen P, Charlotte Smarty Pants

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Saturday that McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, has begun a voluntary recall of certain children’s over-the-counter liquid medicines because of manufacturing deficiencies.

The deficiencies may affect the potency, purity or quality of the products, the agency said in a statement. Further investigation into the plant where the products were made is pending to make sure there are no other problems.

Consumers should stop using certain lots of infants’ and children’s Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl products because some of them may contain more of the active drug ingredient than specified. Other products involved in the recall may contain foreign particles or inactive ingredients that may not meet testing requirements, the company said. McNeil did not undertake the recall because of adverse health reactions to the products, the company said, but it advised consumers to stop using them. Although the potential for serious medical problems is remote, McNeil said, parents and caregivers should not give the products to children.

The recall involves all unexpired lots of seven products in 43 different flavors and sizes. These include Tylenol Infants’ Drops, Children’s Tylenol Suspensions, Infants’ Motrin Drops, Children’s Zyrtec liquids in bottles and Children’s Benadryl Allergy liquids.

To learn more about the full list of recalled product lots, go to McNeil's dedicated website:


maythi said...

i was just at Harris Teeter - went with my printed out recall list looking for tylenol/motrin that wasn't on the list and ALL the children's and infant's tylenol/motrin have been pulled off the shelves. i ended up buying generic versions, rather be safe than sorry if we end up needing either, but i couldn't believe they were ALL pulled. does anyone carry non-recalled tylenol/motrin?

Anonymous said...

Harris Teeter had it all pulled as well. I have used the HT version of Tylenol and I think it works well.

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