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Latest J&J Recall of Tylenol, Benadryl Does Not Affect Consumers


Consumers may have gotten used to hearing about yet another J&J recall (Johnson & Johnson) of products such as Tylenol, Benadryl, and other over-the-counter products. However, the latest J&J recall does not affect consumers, and is at the wholesale level only.

J&J products are recalled again as a precaution

Although the latest J&J recall does not directly impact consumers, it may cause many to question the reliability and quality of the company’s products. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, part of J&J, in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has voluntarily recalled certain lots of Tylenol 8 Hour, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, and Tylenol upper respiratory products, as well as certain lots of Benadryl, Sudafed, and Sinutab products, totaling 47 million units.

These products are being recalled because of questionable cleaning procedures and is precautionary. No adverse health effects have been reported or are expected. All the items were manufactured at the Fort Washington, PA plant before April 2010, when production at that facility was halted. A complete list of the recalled medications is available on the McNeil website.

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Another recall is also underway, and this one involves certain lots of Rolaids Multi-Symptom Berry Tablets. The recall was initiated to update labeling on the product and again, it is at the wholesale level and does not impact consumers.

J&J had more than a dozen recalls during 2010, including one for Rolaids Softchews on December 9; Tylenol Cold Liquid products on November 24, Children’s Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets on November 15, Junior Strength Motrin on November 15, Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews on November 15, Tylenol 8 Hour on October 18, and various Tylenol products plus Benadryl Allergy Ultratab Tablets and Motrin IB products on July 8.

Although this latest J&J recall does not involve consumers, anyone who wants more information can visit the McNeil website or call the Customer Care Center at 1-888-222-6036 Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 8 PM ET and Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM ET.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare