May 6, 2010

children's medication recall

As you've hopefully heard by now, last week there was a sweeping recall of popular children's medications including Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, 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.

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. Consumers can contact the company at 1-888-222-6036 and also at www.mcneilproductrecall.com.

I wasn't able to post about the recall right away, but was reminded of it today while speaking with my sister. My nieces have been using lots of these products this winter while battling various ailments and illnesses. My sister was wondering if the company was offering refunds on all the bottles she had already purchased. It seems that indeed you can request a refund on your products on the company's website.

Remember, if you have medicine to dispose of it is best to check and see where it can be disposed of safely. Don't pour it down the toilet or into the sink. Check earth911.com for a list of places that will accept medicines for disposal. Many municipalities and stores (such as Walgreens and Costco) will accept the medications and dispose of them safely.

3 comments:

Melissa King said...

Excellent information. I hope your note encourages parents to be very cautious about use of any medications with infants and young children. Drugs are chemicals, and metabolic systems of little ones can be unsettled with these changes in their bodies. On top of that, what comes in a bottle may not be safe - always be careful.

Debbie said...

I did the online form at their website, and the refund checks came the other day. Went to the grocery yesterday to get ibuprofen for the peanut, and there was NONE.

That scared me, too -- especially with a kid with a history of febrile seizures!

heatherloub said...

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