On April 30, 2010, the FDA recalled children’s Tylenol and other liquid over-the-counter drugs, after receiving consumer complaints. Consumers complained of “tiny particles” in versions of children’s Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl. The drugs included in the Tylenol recall were manufactured in the same factory located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, operated by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. The Tylenol recall was issued due to quality control issues. Investigations revealed that some of these products may contain a higher concentration of an active ingredient and others may contain inactive ingredients that may not comply with internal testing requirements.  The FDA has instructed parents and caregivers not to administer these products to children and to switch to generic brands, which were not affected by the recall.

Thus far, there has been no indication as to which problems are associated with which medications.  The Tylenol recall is not limited to the United States, and extends to countries where it was distributed including Canada, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Guam, Guatemala, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, and Kuwait.

There are over 40 affected products included in the Tylenol recall, including, among others, Tylenol Infant Drops, Children’s Tylenol Suspensions, Children’s Tylenol Plus Suspensions, Motrin Infant Drops, Children’s Motrin Suspensions, Children’s Zyrtec Liquid in bottles, and Children’s Benadryl Allergy Liquid in bottles.

Past McNeil Tylenol Recalls

This is McNeil’s third recall this year due to quality problems. In November 2009, the company recalled five lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100-count bottles following consumer reports of a musty odor that was associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. The Tylenol recall was expanded in December 2009 to include all lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets. In January 2010, the Tylenol recall was further expanded to include Rolaids, Benadryl, and St. Joseph’s Aspirin. In total, close to 50 million bottles were involved in the recall.

Tylenol Recall Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured by one of the Tylenol recall products, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact a lawyer at out firm today for a free and confidential Tylenol recall case evaluation. 

Published November 17, 2011 by