After voluntarily recalling a litany of children’s and adult mediation at the end of December, Tylenol manufacturer McNeil announced an expanded recall today that includes more children’s medications.
In a media briefing today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration hammered McNeil for not responding faster to problems in a McNeil manufacturing plant in Puerto Rico.
The expanded recall dwarfs the initial recall. This new recall adds 54 million bottles of product to the recall, bringing the grand total to 60 million. The new list includes Children’s Motrin caplets and chewables, Children’s Tylenol meltaways, Extra-Strength Tylenol caplets and EZ tabs, Rolaids chewables, Benadryl tablets, and St. Joseph’s aspirin chewables and tablets.
The recall revolves around a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA), which results from the breakdown of a chemical in wood pallets used to transport and store packaging materials for the drugs. Products with the chemical tend to have a musty odor and have been linked to sickness and vomiting, though no fatalities have been reported at this time.
Ironically, in the original recall story we featured a picture of Jr. Tylenol Metaways with the disclosure that the product was not on the recall list and now it is.
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