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Tylenol Recall 2010 and Past Troubles

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The trouble with Children’s Tylenol and other products, that include Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl in liquid form, is poor quality in manufacturing. McNeil Healthcare cites “particles” and other higher levels of active ingredients as the cause for the current Tylenol recall 2010 that is not the first. Tylenol recalls have caused trouble and concern for consumers in the past.

In January 2010 the manufacturer issued a recall of Tylenol products from the McNeil manufacturing facility in the United States that were sold in the U.S., Canada, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Fiji, Guam, Guatemala, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Puerto Rico and Trinidad & Tobago because of an “uncharacteristic smell” linked to a chemical in pallets used in the manufacturing facility.

In 1982 cyanide killed 7 people in Chicago that was placed in Tylenol capsules. The amount of cyanide in Tylenol was 10,000 times more than what it would take to kill a human being. The cyanide poisonings occurred after Tylenol reached the shelves of retailers. After that Tylenol capsules were made tamper resistant.

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There is no information about what “particles” might be in the Children’s Tylenol, prompting the current recall, and so far no adverse events are reported. Parents are simply advised to stop giving the products to their children.

For all of the current recall of children’s cold medicines, Tylenol, Zyrtec, Benadryl and Motrin, the message is the same from McNeil Healthcare: “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.”

Tylenol and other over the counter cold medicines spell trouble for parents, despite the current recall. The FDA has had children’s cough and cold medications in their radar for several years because of the potential for harm that can come to children.

The recall of Tylenol, Zyrtec, Motrin, and Benadryl includes over 40 products. Adverse events from have not been reported, but if you suspect your child has suffered, report the occurrence to the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch. You can view a full list of Tylenol 2010 recall products at the McNeil website.