A massive recall of children's Benadryl issued today by McNeil Consumer Healthcare is reminding parents and consumers that the long-playing saga of quality problems with popular over-the-counter and prescription drugs is not over.
The recall includes 4 million packages of Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets in cherry and grape flavors, 800,000 bottles of Motrin Junior Strength Caplets in 24-count packs, and a single lot of Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews.McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced the recall as a precautionary measure, saying consumers and health care providers who already have the products can continue to use them. Wholesale and retail distribitors however will pull them off the shelves.
Though the notices were posted on the company recall website on Nov.15, no press release was issued at any time, as has been the case with previous McNeil recalls this year.
According to the notice, the withdrawal of the popular children's medicines was due to "insufficiencies in the development of the manufacturing process" and not because of any adverse events.
The UPC codes for the recalled Benadryl are 300450180186 and 300450190185. For the recalled Motrin, the UPC code is 300450498243. The Rolaids recall includes just one product lot of 36-count cherry-flavored chews: 0053AG2.
Consumers with questions can call McNeil's Consumer Care Center at 1-888-222-6036 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern Time and between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
McNeil also announced a recall of 9 million packages of its Tylenol cold medicine because the label didn't include a note accounting for a minute amount of alcohol in the flavoring. The recall is informational only and does not call for any action by consumers.
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