Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, Benadryl Recall

Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, Benadryl Recall

As of Friday, April 30, 2010, McNeil Pharmaceuticals issued a voluntary recall on brand name Tylenol (infants’ & children’s), Tylenol Plus, Motrin (infants’ & children’s), Zyrtec (children’s), and Benadryl (children’s – bubble gum flavor).

In a quality review, the company found several possible problems.  Some of the medications had higher concentration of the active ingredients than listed, some had problems with the inactive ingredients, & others  were contaminated with particles.  To date, there has been no documented harm to any child.  McNeil is not sure when they will manufacture more. 

So what does this mean for you and your children?  If you have any of the affected medications in your home, throw them away. 

In order to know if you have one of the recalled products, you will need to find the NDC number located on the bottle. In general, the NDC number is in small print on the top part of the bottle’s label, above the product’s name.  For a complete list with pictures of the products recalled, go to http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/page.jhtml?id=/include/mpr_ndc_finder.inc

You can call the company at (888) 222-6036 or read more at http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/ for any further questions. You can go to the website to ask for a refund. You will need to enter some information including the NDC number.

You may still use the generic version of these products.  These have not been shown to have any problems.

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About Nancy M. Silva, MD, FAAP

I'm a Board Certified Pediatrician. I've been in practice since 2000. I'm happily married with two children. I graduated Medical School from the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. My Pediatric Residency training was at University of South Florida, College of Medicine. I've been in private practice since 2000. As a medical student, I had the privilege to care for children at Kings County Hospital & Downstate Medical Center in urban Brooklyn. As a resident, I cared for children at Tampa General Hospital & All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. These experiences helped shape the Pediatrician I am today.

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