Wednesday, June 16, 2010

J&J Unit Recalls More OTC Drugs

Late Tuesday, Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Products division announced the inclusion of several other of its hugely popular brands to its massive OTC recall. It is now recall four lots of Benadryl allergy tablets and one specific lot of its Extra Strength Tylenol gel pills.

Including this recent recall announcement Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Products division has issued four recalls over the past twelve months.

Various media outlets are reporting on this development:

The New York Times: "The Johnson & Johnson unit whose recall of liquid children's Tylenol and other pediatric medicines is under Congressional investigation said on Tuesday evening that it was recalling additional over-the-counter drugs." Specifically, McNeil Consumer Healthcare "said that it was recalling four lots of certain Benadryl allergy tablets and one lot of Extra Strength Tylenol gel pills." According to a company statement, "'the products were inadvertently omitted' from an earlier recall -- one preceding the children's drug recall -- involving medicines made at a company plant in Puerto Rico." Although the drugmaker maintains that the chances of experiencing serious side effects are nil, it began recalling products from the Las Piedras plant in November after consumers were reportedly overcome by a mildew-like odor.

The Wall Street Journal: The smell purportedly prompted stomach pain, diarrhea, and nausea. The unit has since identified the manufacturing issue.

Bloomberg News: "the odor has been linked to trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, or TBA, found on storage pallets."

Reuters: US House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) said, "This latest recall is further evidence that there are wide-ranging problems at Johnson & Johnson." He added, "I am troubled by what we have learned so far in our investigation, and this latest development adds to my concern."
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