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More McNeil OTC Recalls: Tylenol, Benadryl, Sudafed & Sinutab


Medical News Update: Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil unit is now recalling a wide range of over-the-counter brands including Tylenol, Sudafed, Benadryl, Rolaids, and Sinutab. 47 million packages affected nationwide.

What’s the problem?

January 17, 2011 – Prompted by deficient records and reports of improperly cleaned equipment, more lots of J&J McNeil OTC medications have been recalled nationwide. Included in this most recent recall:

  • 37 different types of McNeil’s Tylenol brand of acetaminophen-based products
  • Six varieties of diphenhydramine-containing Benadryl medications
  • 10 types of Sudafed (pseudoephedrine)
  • 24-count packages of Sinutab (acetaminophen and phenylephrine) coated tablets

McNeil is also recalling certain product lots of Rolaids Multi-Symptom Berry Tablets distributed in the United States in order to update the labeling. The company initiated the recall after determining that the product labeling does not include the language “Does not meet USP” as required by regulation.

Hard Times for Johnson & Johnson

Over the past year, J&J initiated no fewer than a dozen recalls including:

  • Rolaids Softchews (December 9)
  • Tylenol Cold Liquid products (November 24)
  • Children’s Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets (November 15)
  • Junior Strength Motrin (November 15)
  • Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews (November 15)
  • Tylenol 8 Hour (October 18)
  • Various Tylenol products plus Benadryl Allergy Ultratab Tablets and Motrin IB products (July 8th)

Need More Information? Get the facts.

If you’d like specific products and lot numbers covered by this nationwide recall, please visit the McNeil recall website.

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