McNeil Consumer Healthcare is voluntarily recalling over 40 over-the-counter pain, fever, and allergy medications for infants and children, including certain forms of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, and Zyrtec.
The medications are being recalled because some have been found to contain higher concentrations of ingredients than they are supposed to. In addition, McNeil Consumer Healthcare states that some of the medications 'may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements' or 'may contain tiny particles' and that some of the raw materials used to make the products were contaminated with bacteria. No bacteria were found in the finished products though.
Parents who have any of the affected over-the-counter medications should stop using them and can get a full refund or a coupon for a replacement by contacting McNeil. They do state that there have been no reports of 'adverse medical events' and that the recall is a 'precautionary measure,' with a remote 'potential for serious medical events.'
Recalled over-the-counter medications for infants and children include certain lots of:
- Tylenol Infants' Drops
- Children's Tylenol Suspension
- Children's Tylenol Plus Suspension
- Motrin Infants' Drops
- Children's Motrin Suspension
- Children's Motrin Cold Suspension
- Children's Zyrtec
- Children's Benadryl Allergy liquids in bottles
You can see the full list of recalled medications, including NDC numbers at www.mcneilproductrecall.com.
According to the latest reports, the recalled medicines were made at one plant and lots of these medications made at other plants are not affected by the recall and may still be on store shelves.
If you need to use one of these medications, you might look for an alternative form of the medication, such as a chewable tablet, a box from a lot that hasn't been recalled, or another brand or generic form of the medication which has not been affected by the recall at all.
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