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Tylenol recall January 2010

On January 15, 2010, a press release for Johnson & Johnson’s consumer product company issued a voluntary recall on some children’s medicine for certain lot numbers. Among them is Children’s Tylenol Meltaways, Motrin Junior Strength, and other over-the-counter medicines: Benadryl, St. Joseph‘s, and Rolaids.

What problems have been reported?
According to the McNeil Consumer Healthcare’s press release, “The company is initiating this recall following an investigation of consumer reports of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor,“ and explains the health problems as, “associated with temporary and non-serious gastrointestinal events. These include nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea.” (1)

What is the cause?
The press release further explains the recall origins from a chemical added to wood pallets that the medicine was being shipped on. The chemical in question is 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, also known as TBA, is the same chemical that was causing problems with the December 2009 recalls of Tylenol Arthritis Pain.

How do I check my medicine?
You can go to the McNeil Consumer Healthcare site, type in the lot number found on the box or bottle of the medicine in question. If you have trouble finding the location of the lot number you can contact their Consumer Care Center at 1-888-222-6036.

If you have any medical problems resulting from the recalled medicine, report to your pediatrician or doctor immediately. The press release states that McNeil Consumer Healthcare is working closely with the FDA, and still investigating the incidents. If you have the recalled item, then go to the McNeil Product Recall site for information on a refund and/or product disposal. You can contact them via e-mail or by phone.

(1) McNeil Product Recall press release

For more information:

McNeil's Complete List of Recalled Medicine
2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA)
FDA’s MedWatch Program

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