From Our 2010 Archives
Rolaids Softchews May Contain Wood, Metal Particles
By Daniel J. DeNoon
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
Latest Medications News
Dec. 9, 2010 -- Some 13 million packages of Rolaids Softchews may contain metal and wood particles and are being recalled by Johnson & Johnson.
It's the latest in a long string of snafus to plague J&J's McNeil division. The firm earlier this year recalled various lots of Mylanta, Tylenol, Children's Benadryl, Junior Strength Motrin, and Pepcid products.
On Nov. 15, J&J recalled a single lot of cherry flavor Rolaids Softchews. That recall has now been vastly expanded.
This time it's Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews, Rolaids Extra Strength Plus Gas Softchews, and Rolaids Multi-Symptom plus Anti-Gas Softchews that are being recalled. All lots of these products are included in the recall.
J&J/McNeil says in a news release that the "foreign materials" were "potentially introduced into the product during the manufacturing process by a third party manufacturer" and that "the risk of serious adverse health consequences is remote."
However, the company is telling consumers to stop using the products and to contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare for a refund. Anyone experiencing adverse events after using the products should contact the FDA's MedWatch reporting program.
Here's the complete list of Rolaids products included in today's recall:
SOURCES: News release, McNeil Consumer Healthcare.CNN Money.
- Allergic Skin Disorders
- Bacterial Skin Diseases
- Bites and Infestations
- Diseases of Pigment
- Fungal Skin Diseases
- Medical Anatomy and Illustrations
- Noncancerous, Precancerous & Cancerous Tumors
- Oral Health Conditions
- Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions
- Scalp, Hair and Nails
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions
- Viral Skin Diseases
- Additional Skin Conditions