Saturday, May 1, 2010

Children's Tylenol Recall

So my son has pneumonia. I've been treating his fever with alternating doses of Tylenol and Motrin. But the fever is still here-- three days later.

Today I found out I've been giving him Tylenol that has been recalled.

If you have children, check the medicine cabinet. Here is the full info: McNeil.
The details are pretty vague as to what is wrong with the medicine.

Here's an excerpt:
"McNeil Consumer Healthcare Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain OTC Infants’ and Children's ProductsFort Washington, PA (April 30, 2010) – McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is voluntarily recalling all lots that have not yet expired of certain over-the-counter (OTC) Children’s and Infants’ liquid products manufactured in the United States and distributed in the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Dubai (UAE), Fiji, Guam, Guatemala, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, and Kuwait. (SEE RECALLED PRODUCT LIST BELOW).
McNeil Consumer Healthcare is initiating this voluntary recall because some of these products may not meet required quality standards. This recall is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse medical events. However, as a precautionary measure, parents and caregivers should not administer these products to their children. Some of the products included in the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles. While the potential for serious medical events is remote, the company advises consumers who have purchased these recalled products to discontinue use...."

On edit: I realized that the recall includes more than just Tylenol. Also Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl. Take a gander. The FDA is recommending using generic products. Hm.


fsowannabe said...

Geh- I hate it when the kiddies get sick. I still have nightmares about my oldest daughter getting sick last year, which ended up in a 5 day stay at Children's with intravenous antibiotics. Yuck and more yuck. I hope your son gets better soon - and thanks for the recall info. I'm going to go check the medicine cabinet since I've been dosing the youngest thanks to 5 pesky teeth that decided to come in all at once.

FSO-In-Waiting said...

Thanks for posting this--my head is so busy with FS stuff right now that I hadn't seen this anywhere else yet! All three (brand new) boxes in my house are part of the recall, and I'd already given some of one of them (and wondered why it didn't work). Argh.

Daniela Swider said...

Yes, thanks for posting. I had heard about Tylenol but didn't know about the other meds. Isn't it strange that the Brand name meds are recalled but the generics are OK. Incidentally, we have had some allergy problems and I was wondering the other day if I should buy Benadryl or generic. I went with the generic. Seems like we may be OK but I guess you never know.

Hope your son feels better!!!!

Bfiles said...

thanks. I had no idea either. Hope your little guy is getting better. your intuition is spot on!

I'll Take Mine... said...

I'm glad to help with the information.

It does seem strange that the generic version is fine but the name-brand is not.