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The headaches continue for Johnson & Johnson, as they face their seventh McNeil Consumer Healthcare recall this year. The latest recall on July 8 involved 21 lots of five over-the-counter medications, including Benadryl Allergy Ultratabs, Children’s Tylenol Meltaways, Motrin IB, Tylenol Extra Strength and Tylenol PM.
The products were recalled after customer complaints of a musty or moldy odor, which is linked to trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA), used in shipping materials. According to the company’s Web site, the odor has lead to a few minor cases of diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain and vomiting.
If you have any of the Johnson & Johnson medication that has been recalled, you should stop taking it immediately. According to Johnson & Johnson, the risk of any serious adverse reactions from using the recalled products is low and there have been no reports of serious illnesses associated with the products. However, should you experience any negative reactions, report them to the FDA immediately.
You can request a replacement or refund here, or call 1-888-222-6036 for more information.
Other recalls over the past year have involved several other well-known brands. Use our cheat sheet below to find out if any of the products in your medicine cabinet were affected.
June 15, 2010
Benadryl Allergy Ultratab Tablets, 100 count
Extra Strength Tylenol Rapid Release Gels, 50 count
April 30, 2010
Various kinds of children’s and infants’ liquid drops:
Children’s Tylenol Oral Suspension
Children’s Benadryl Dye-Free Allergy Liquid
Get the full list of products here
March 31, 2010
Zyrtec Itchy Eye Drops
January 15, 2010
Motrin and Junior-Strength Motrin
Benadryl Allergy Ultratab
Tylenol products including Extra Strength, Regular Strength, Eight Hour, Meltaways, PM and Arthritis Pain formulas
St. Joseph, 81mg chewable and safety-coated aspirin
Rolaids Antacids Tablets, including Extra Strength, Original Strength and Multi-Symptom
Simply Sleep 100-count mini caplet
All Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet, 100 count with EZ-open cap
If you don’t see your product listed above, but still have concerns, you can type its lot number -- found on the packaging -- into the search field on www.Mcneilproductrecall.com to see if a recall has been issued.
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