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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Children's Tylenol, other medicines part of voluntary recall

This happened over the weekend so some of you might have missed it. The Mom_tylenol1makers of Children's Tylenol and several other drugs began a voluntary recall because of some possible problems in the manufacturing of the products, the Food and Drug Administration said.

You should stop using children's and infant forms of Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl because the drugs may contain more of the active ingredient than specified. According to this New York Times story, "The recall involves all unexpired lots of seven products in 43 different flavors and sizes. These include Tylenol Infants’ Drops, Children’s Tylenol Suspensions, Infants’ Motrin Drops, Children’s Zyrtec liquids in bottles and Children’s Benadryl Allergy liquids." Check here for the complete list of products. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a unit of Johnson & Johnson,  is the maker of the drugs.

One of the questions answered on the FDA Web site is whether you can give the child the adult version of the medication. The answer is no. That can do more harm than good.

For more information, go to the McNeil website or call toll-free 1-888-222-6036 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time).  However, during these recall times, caller volume is usually really high.

-- Sherry Robinson

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[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:06am]


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