Saturday, January 16, 2010

Johnson & Johnson: Massive Expansion of Recall

As an update to an earlier Secure Pharma Chain Blog report, Johnson & Johnson has massively expanded a recall of their OTC medications. This is the second expansion of a recall due to a moldy smell of these particular products that are making consumers ill.

The recall now includes specific lots of Tylenol caplets, gel tabs, arthritis treatments, rapid release and extend release Tylenol as well as Motrin IB, regular and extra strength Rolaids antacids, Benadryl allergy tablets, St. Joseph aspirin and Simply Sleep caplets.

McNeil Consumer Products, a division of Johnson & Johnson, is publicly stating that the expanded recall includes product lots that could be affected by the same problems of consumers experiencing nausea and vomiting that were the reason for the original recall, even though it has not received any reports from consumers.

The latest update recall applies to Johnson & Johnson/McNeil products sold in the North America, Central and South America, the UAE and Fiji.

A full list of the recalled products is online at

Previously Johnson & Johnson recalled some Tylenol Arthritis Caplets in November and December due to the moldy smell, which caused nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea to some consumers.

Johnson & Johnson says the smell is caused by small amounts of a chemical associated with the treatment of wooden pallets.

This recall, based on onsite product contamination, energizes the need for material screening of products within the supply chain to protect consumers from fraud, adulteration, contamination and counterfeit products.

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