Saturday, January 16, 2010

What You Need to Know about the Johnson & Johnson (McNeil Products) Voluntary Medication Recall: Tylenol, Motrin, Simply Sleep, Rolaids, St. Joseph's Aspirin, Benadryl Allergy

What's going on?

What started in December of 2009 as a recall of certain Tylenol Arthritis formula pain reliever has now expanded to a voluntary recall of an array of over-the-counter medications marketed by Johnson & Johnson/McNeil Consumer Healthcare.  It seems that some consumers have become ill with gastrointestinal complaints including nausea and vomiting due to a musty or moldy odor and taste caused by traces of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA) which has leached into certain lots of the tablets.  Read the company's press release to learn complete details about this recall.

What to do?

Don't panic. Simply check the identifying lot numbers of your products (Tylenol products, Motrin products, Benadryl Allergy Ultratabs, Simply Sleep, Rolaid antacid tablets, and St. Joseph aspirin products).  You will find the lot number on the side of the bottle's label. Compare your product's lot number with the list of affected product lot numbers that the manufacturer has provided (here) on their web site.

If you have products that are affected, stop using them.  Contact the manufacturer through the toll free number they've established for this recall (see below) and they will tell you how to return or dispose of the product. They will also tell you how to get a refund or a replacement.  

Need to Contact the Manufacturer?

Call the company's toll free recall line: 1-888-222-6036 (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time, or Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time). 

Log on to the manufacturer's website to learn more about this recall as it unfolds:

Feel that your health has been affected by one of these products?

Contact your healthcare provider for immediate medical questions or health concerns.  If you have noticed a serious adverse effect or reaction, you may also report it to the FDA's MedWatch Program by completing an online reporting form or by downloading the form to complete by hand and faxing it to 1-800-FDA-0178, or mailing it to MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787.

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