Last week, drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson announced an expansive recall of a variety of products, including Tylenol, Motrin, and Benadryl, after complaints of an “unusual moldy, musty or mildew-like” odor accompanying the products.
Apparently, J&J has dragged its feet in dealing with the odor issue, as it was receiving complaints from consumers as far back as 2008. According to the FDA, J&J did not notice the issue until September 2008 and did not notify the FDA until November 2009, when the company recalled certain lots of its Tylenol Arthritis Pain product. On December 18, 2009, J&J expanded that recall to all lots of that product. On January 15, 2010, the company expanded the recall yet again, this time to include a variety of other products that were affected by the odor. The FDA has sent a warning letter to J&J giving the company 15 days to report back to the agency and outline its progress in handling the problem and preventing similar problems in the future.
According to J&J, the odor was caused by a chemical used to treat wooden pallets on which packaging materials for certain products were shipped, and the contamination has resulted in consumer complaints of nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea. The company would not comment on whether or not the chemical contamination altered the makeup of any of the drug products at issue.
If you need to know whether a product you purchased is subject to the recall, you can visit http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com.
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