Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Co. recalled 12 million bottles of Mylanta and thousands of packages of AlternaGel because flavoring used in the products contains a small amount of alcohol that isn't on the label, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The recall is informational and consumers don't have to do anything.
It's the latest blow to J&J's medicine cabinet of products that includes a similar recall last week of three Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom liquid medicines for the same reason -- its flavoring contains a small amount of alcohol not listed in the labeling. In both recalls, the amount of alcohol is less than 1% and the companies -- Johnson & Johnson-Merck and McNeil Consumer Healthcare respectively -- say that consumers who have any of the products can continue to use them.In the Mylanta recall, Johnson & Johnson-Merck said it "is unlikely that use of these products will cause either alcohol absorption or alcohol sensitivity-related adverse events." The FDA lists the dozens of lot numbers for the 12 Mylanta and one AlternaGel products involved in the recall. Both are heartburn medications and are sold nationwide and in Puerto Rico.
Consumers with questions in that recall can call (800) 469-5268 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern on Saturday and Sunday.
In the Tylenol Cold recall, the three products are the Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime 8-oz. Citrus Burst Liquid; the Severe 8-oz. Cool Burst Liquid; and the Nighttime 8-oz. Cool Burst Liquid. The products were sold nationwide.
Consumers with questions in the Tylenol recall can call (888) 222-6036 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern, Saturday and Sunday.
Since December 2009, Johnson & Johnson has recalled lot after lot of its medicines -- some over manufacturing issues and others because they gave off a foul odor that could sicken people.
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