The latest Tylenol recall issued yesterday will send consumers all over the Dallas Metroplex running for their medicine cabinets, as J&J's expanded recall includes a wide variety of Tylenol caplets and tablets, including Tylenol PM and Tylenol Arthritis, Motrin Ibuprofen tablets and caplets, Benadryl Allergy tablets, Rolaids and St. Joseph Aspirin chewables and coated tablets. Although some of the recalled Tylenol and other Johnson & Johnson OTC drugs produced by the troubled McNeil Consumer Healthcare division were junior strength or children's products, most of the products affected by this latest recall would have been used by adults in Dallas and elsewhere.
As previously reported in this column by the Dallas Healthy Trends Examiner, Johnson & Johnson is currently under investigation by the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over a number of previous recalls, manufacturing and marketing processes and safety violations. Yesterday's expanded Tylenol recall has already added to the woes of the troubled consumer drug manufacturer, as the news has already caused J&J stock prices to fall as consumer confidence in Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and other Johnson & Johnson brands is sure to do likewise.
Not only is J&J's latest Tylenol recall not limited to children, the list of recalled OTC drugs is not limited to the America, either. The recalled Tylenol, Benydryl, Motrin, Rolaids and St. Joseph Aspirin manufactured by McNeil Consumer Healthcare were and are sold in the United States, Fiji, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaica.
The recalled Tylenol and other products were shipped before January 15th, 2010, although the expiration dates on the packages vary widely. According to the FDA, McNeil's latest recall is linked to a type of pallet that is no longer in use. There have, as yet, been no reported illnesses in conjuction with this latest batch of recalled Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph or Rolaids. If you should happen to suffer an adverse reaction to the recalled OTC drugs, you may report it to the FDA's MedWatch Program online, or by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, or by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787.
Recalled products: Tylenol, Benadryl, Motrin, Rolaids and St. Joseph Aspirin
The lot numbers vary widely, but the list of recalled drugs and OTC medications are as follows: Benadryl Allergy Ultratab, Children's Tylenol Meltaways, Motrin IB, Tylenol Extra Strength, Tylenol Day & Night, Tylenol PM, Motrin Junior Strength, Tylenol PM Simply Strength, Extra Strength Rolaids and Original Rolaids in several flavors, Rolaids Multi-Symptom, St. Joseph Adult Low Strength Aspirin, St. Joseph 81 mg Chewable Aspirin, St. Joseph 81 mg Safety Coated Aspirin.
Unfortunately, neither McNeil nor Johnson & Johnson has released a full list of lot numbers of the OTC drugs and consumer products included in this latest Tylenol recall. In order to find out of a particular bottle or box is covered by yesterday's expanded J&J recall, you must go to the McNeil product recall website and enter the lot number directly, or call McNeil on the telephone. See below.
What Dallas consumers should do about Johnson & Johnson's latest Tylenol recall
Dallas area consumers who purchased product from the lots included in this recall should stop using the product and contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare for instructions on a refund or replacement. For these instructions, and information regarding how to return or dispose of the product, consumers should go to McNeil Product Recall site -- it includes pictures of the recalled Tylenol products, as well as other J&J OTC drugs affected by the recall-- or call 1-888-222-6036 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time). Consumers who have medical concerns or questions should contact their healthcare provider.
After this year's earlier Johnson & Johnson's recalls of Children's Tylenol, Children's Benadryl, Children's Motrin and Children's Zyrtec, the FDA recommended that parents switch to generic versions of the affected drugs. Although the FDA has not yet issued the same recommendation in respect of yesterday's expanded Tylenol recall, Dallas area consumers might want to consider the FDA's previous advice.
For more information on Johnson & Johnson's ever expanding recall list, please refer the articles linked in the sidebar above left. As always, the Dallas Healthy Trends Examiner will keep you updated as this story progresses and more information becomes available.
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