Children’s Tylenol and other drugs recalled

| 04/05/2010

(CNS): Updated Wednesday 1:30pm — Following reports on CNS on Tuesday morning that a unit of Johnson & Johnson had voluntarily begun a recall of certain children’s over-the-counter liquid medicines because of manufacturing deficiencies, Cayman Islands’ health officials released a statement on Wednesday afternoon informing the local community of the move. Medical Officer of Health, Dr Kiran Kumar said 43 child and infant over-the-counter liquid formulations of Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl had been recalled by McNeil but that none of these medications are available at the Health Service Authority pharmacies. He said an advisory has been sent to all private pharmacies to remove all stocks of these products from their shelves.

Meanwhile, Foster’s Food Fair IGA announced that it had proactively pulled all the affected Children’s Tylenol and Motrin medications from its shelves. The affected products sold by Foster’s Food Fair IGA are:

Concentrated Tylenol® Infants’ Drops 0.5 Oz. Cherry Flavor

Children’s Tylenol® Suspension 4 Oz. Cherry Blast Flavor

Children’s Tylenol® Plus Suspension 4 Oz. Cough & Runny Nose Cherry Flavor

Children’s Tylenol® Plus Suspension 4 Oz. Flu Bubblegum Flavor

Children’s Tylenol® Plus Suspension 4 Oz. Cold Grape Flavor

Children’s Motrin® Suspension 4 Oz. Berry Flavor

A list of recalled items not carried by Foster’s Food Fair IGA is available on the McNeil website

Dr Kumar said people who had any of the medications involved should stop using them immediately and if children who have taken the recalled products have unusual symptoms, parents are urged to contact a health care professional.

“Parents should not give children adult formulation of the medications,” Dr Kumar added. Sating that alternative brands of the products, including generic medications, are available. Parents who have questions about alternative treatments should consult their physician.

The voluntary recall follows an April 19 inspection by the United States Food and Drug Administration of a McNeil plant in Fort Washington, Pa. that uncovered "manufacturing deficiencies".

"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," a company release stated.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare said it was initiating this voluntary recall because some of these products may not meet required quality standards. This recall is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse medical events. However, as a precautionary measure, parents and caregivers should not administer these products to their children.

Foster’s said until it had further correspondence from the manufacture on the affected products they will not be available at their stores and apolgised for any inconvenience. “However the safety of our customers is our top priority,” the store stated. “We encourage all customers who have purchased these products to return the affected product to their Foster’s Food Fair IGA of purchase for a full refund.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    There is no drug on the market that is perfectly safe.  All drugs inherently alter the natural physiology of the body.  When you choose to take prescription or vaccinations you are putting yourself at risk.  It is a risk vs. benefit decision.  Some have little side effects and other have greater side effects although not always noticeable at the time.  Drugs nearly hush the symptoms until the body naturally repair itself.  Our society is much to dependent on pharmaceuticals and reliant on a sickness care model and mindset.  It is time we take responsibility for our own health.  Time and time again we see drugs taken off the market for lack of safety.  The world would be so much healthier if we used the appropriate systems (health care vs. sickness care) at the appropriate times.  A sickness care model will never produce health.  It is not designed too, even though this model claims too.  Inform decision making is how we can all benefit.



  2. Anonymous says:

    With this recall how do we the consumers get our money back for these tainted goods that we have purchased and now have to put in the garbage. Can anyone answer this question?

  3. slowpoke says:

     The good news is that, those generic drugs that cost half the price in the first place, are perfectly safe.