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Tylenol Problems Expand and Affected Extra Strength and Rolaids


In December the makers of Tylenol voluntary recalled Tylenol Arthritis Relief Caplets after there were a series of complaints of stomach problems. The problem has gotten no better and is extended into other Tylenol products as well, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Tylenol Extra Strength and Rolaids are two products that the FDA was concerned about in a letter to Tylenol maker McNeil PPC Inc . The letter stated that manufactures of Tylenol received complaints for a smell much like the one that triggered a recall in December.

"Since the date of the discovery, your firm did not extend the assessment of the event to other products that received packaging components from the same supplier," said the FDA's letter, signed by Jose R. Lopez, an investigator, and Raquel Gonzalez Rivera, a chemist.

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The health care company said the odor appears to come from the breakdown product of a chemical used to treat the wooden pallets on which the product’s packaging materials were transported and stored. The chemical linked to the odor, 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, is produced when fungi break down a commonly used fungicide called 2,4,6-tribromophenol. The overall health concerns of 2,4,6-tribromoanisole are not known but the side effects include vomiting and diarrhea, and are "temporary and non-serious."

Tylenol has been on the market as an over-the-counter painkiller since 1953, and has been involved in a number of product recalls. The most famous being the 1982 Tylenol Scare, where seven Chicago-area residents died from tampered Extra Strength Tylenol products that had been laced with Cyanide.

The company plans on reintroducing Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets 100 count by January after moving production to a new facility. So far, all of these health events “were temporary and non-serious,” McNeill says in a news release.

For now, if you have purchased TYLENOL Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the EZ-OPEN CAP, you should stop using the product and contact McNeil for instructions on a refund or replacement.