Thursday, December 31, 2009

ABC News: FDA Looking into Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets Recall

ABC World News is reporting that the US Food and Drug Administration is investigating the process of the recall and the way that it has been communicated to consumers.

November, Tylenol posted a small recall on its website. Twelve days ago, all six million bottles were recalled. However, it wasn't until a nationwide FDA medical alert just this Monday that most people learned the bottles had been recalled.

In an analysis piece aired on ABC World News, ABC’s Senior Medical Editor Richard Besser, MD, advised consumers what actions to take if they have the recalled Tylenol. Dr. Besser explained that consumers who have the Tylenol arthritis caplets in the Easy Cap bottles should get rid of them by safely disposing them in their trash.

On Wednesday, the deputy commissioner of the FDA, Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, said the agency is "looking into...the case," additional stating "a system that relies on the consumer to either visit websites or to sign up for multiple web blogs or email alerts, I don't think is the way we want to alert consumers about recalls."

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