Sunday, May 2, 2010

McNeil Announces Sweeping Recall of Infants’ and Children's OTC Products

In an April 30th announcement, McNeil Consumer Healthcare in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), stated that they are voluntarily recalling all lots that have not yet expired of certain over-the-counter (OTC) Children’s and Infants’ liquid products manufactured in the United States and distributed in the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Dubai (UAE), Fiji, Guam, Guatemala, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, and Kuwait.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare stated that they were initiating this voluntary recall because some of these products may not meet required quality standards.

According to McNeil the recall is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse medical events but as a precautionary measure and advises parents and caregivers should not administer these products to their children.

Some of the products included in the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles.

While the potential for serious medical events is remote, the company advises consumers who have purchased these recalled products to discontinue use.

The company is conducting a comprehensive quality assessment across its manufacturing operations and has identified corrective actions that will be implemented before new manufacturing is initiated at the plant where the recalled products were made.

Secure Pharma Chain Blog, recommends that all members of the supply chain protect their inventories and their brand by deploying authentication and material verification that will interdict issues with adulteration, fraud, counterfeit and improper manufacturing that threaten the efficacy of pharmaceuticals and the health of consumers downstream.

In the past several years, manufacturing and quality assurance concerns by pharmaceutical companies have been discovered within the supply chain that could and should have been detected at various points of the supply chain by readily available material authentication solutions.

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