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Project 365: Day 74 – Tylenol Product Recall

Tylenol RecallToday’s Project 365 photo is regarding the Tylenol recall effort.  Over the weekend I happened upon an article about a massive recall of children’s medicine.  I’ve got two kids so I was concerned and curious to see if we had any of the recalled products.  Sure enough every medicine we had for our kids was on the recall list.  We had Children’s Tylenol, Children’s Motrin and Children’s Benadryl Allergy medicine.  The concerning part is that we have given all of these to our kids at one time or another.

As reports continue to roll in regarding the issues with these products it appears that there were contamination issues with the Johnson & Johnson Fort Washington, PA manufacturing plant.  Apparently several lots of raw materials that were set aside for use tested positive for gram-negative bacteria.  Some of the liquid products could contain higher levels of active ingredients than they should.  Others may have tiny metallic particles left over from the manufacturing process or inappropriate levels of inactive ingredients.  The FDA commissioner is saying that the potential for harm from using the products is remote however.

Still, as a parent of kids that have used these products I have many concerns here.  As a consumer we put a certain level of trust in these companies and it seems that maybe that trust has been broken here.  A company statement said, “We have no higher concern than providing parents with the highest quality products for their children.”  That’s not very comforting when I am looking at three recalled products in my medicine cabinet.

If you have kids check your medicines against the list at the McNeil Consumer website.  Chances are you will find one or more.

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