Johnson & Johnson issues massive recall of Tylenol

2010-01-16 11:20

JOHNSON & Johnson has issued a massive recall of

over-the-counter drugs including Tylenol, Motrin and St. Joseph’s aspirin

because of a moldy smell that has made people sick.

It included caplet and geltab products sold in America, the United

Arab Emirates and Fiji.

Consumers should check the full list at

to identify the recalled batches.

It was the second such recall in less than a month because of the

smell, which regulators said on Friday was first reported to Johnson &

Johnson’s McNeil in 2008.

Federal regulators criticised the company, saying it didn’t respond

to the complaints quickly enough, wasn’t thorough in how it handled the problem

and didn’t inform the Food and Drug Administration quickly.

The FDA and Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare

Products said they did not know the number of bottles recalled.

The FDA said about 70 people had been either sickened by the odour

– including nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhoea – or noticed it.

In November, McNeil recalled some Tylenol Arthritis Caplets due to

the smell. Almost three weeks ago, the company expanded its recall to include

more batches of Tylenol Arthritis Caplets.

There have been no reports of nausea related to the most recent

recall, the company said. McNeil, however, said the expanded recall includes

product lots that could be affected by the same problems of nausea.

The company said it was working with the FDA.

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