From Our 2010 Archives

Tylenol Recall Grows Again

Recall of 21 More Lots of Tylenol, Other Medicines Termed 'Precautionary' by Maker

By Kathleen Doheny
WebMD Health News

Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

July 8, 2010 -- The recall of Tylenol and other over-the-counter medicines has grown once again, with Tylenol maker McNeil PCC Inc. today announcing the recall of 21 lots of medicines as a precautionary measure.

Today's recall includes Tylenol of various formulas, including children's Tylenol, the painkiller Motrin, and Benadryl allergy tablets. (To find out if a product you have has been recalled, find the lot number and go to www.mcneilproductrecall.com/page.jhtml?id=/include/prd_all.inc.)

Late last year and into 2010, McNeil recalled a total of 60 million products after an abnormal smell was found in some containers.

The musty, moldy odor was linked to trace amounts of a chemical called TBA. Today's recall was announced after an internal review found that some package materials used in these lots had been shipped and stored on the same type of wooden pallet tied to the presence of the TBA in the previously recalled lots, according to a news release by McNeil.

The lots in today's recall were produced before the Jan. 15 recall. Lots produced after that date weren't in contact with the same type of pallet, which McNeil has stopped using.

The chances of becoming ill from using the most recently recalled lots is remote, according to information released by McNeil.

People in possession of any of the 21 lots of recalled medicine should stop using it and contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare for instructions on getting a refund or replacement

To do so, visit the web site, www.mcneilproductrecall.com, or call 888-222-6036 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time and weekends, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Consumers are advised to contact their health care provider with any medical questions or concerns.

Consumers can report adverse reactions to the FDA's MedWatch Program by fax, 800-FDA-0178, or online at www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch/default.htm.

SOURCES: News release, McNeil Consumer Healthcare.

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