The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced what could amount to a nationwide recall of children’s Tylenol and dozens of other over-the-counter medicines. The FDA conducted an inspection at a McNeil drug plant in Pennsylvania that has resulted in the recall of more than 40 varieties of liquid pediatric medicines Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec. These products may contain metal particles over the limit allowed to meet safety requirements.
Following the discovery that some of the Tylenol products from its plant could contain metal, McNeil initiated a voluntary recall of all products manufactured at that plant. According to McNeil, its April 2010 recall was a precautionary measure and was not based on “adverse medical events”. The McNeil recall included not only Tylenol products, but also other popular children’s medicines, such as children’s Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl products
Tylenol is one of the brands made by a unit of Johnson & Johnson. One of the major distributors of these pediatric liquid products is Perrigo, a company based in Michigan that supplies children medicines to big pharmacy companies like Walgreens and CVS. Perrigo has also received a warning from the FDA that it has committed serious manufacturing errors of its own. Tablets of ibuprofen reportedly contained metal shavings.
Also reported by the FDA are questions of safety and reliability of these products. Other deficiencies in the report included bacterial contamination of raw products, inadequate maintenance of equipment and the fact that no follow up was conducted to investigate 46 consumer complaints as to foreign materials and black or dark particles in the products. Some of the complaints are more than a year old.
Click here for the full list of all the recalled Tylenol products.
For additional information on the timeline of the Tylenol recall, see Parija Kavilanz’s article at CNNMoney.com.