Johnson & Johnson Expands Tylenol Recall

NEW YORK (AP) - Johnson & Johnson expanded a recall of over-the-counter medications Friday, the second time it has done so in less than a month because of a moldy smell that has made users sick.

The broadening recall now includes some batches of Tylenol caplets, geltabs, arthritis treatments, rapid release, and extended relief Tylenol, as well as Motrin IB, regular and extra strength Rolaids antacids, Benadryl allergy tablets, St. Joseph aspirin, and Simply Sleep caplets.

Almost three weeks ago, the company's McNeil Consumer Healthcare Products expanded its recall to include Tylenol Arthritis Caplets.

McNeil said the larger recall includes product lots that could be affected by the same problems of nausea even though it has not received any reports from consumers. A full list of the recalled products is online at www.mcneilproductrecall.com.

The latest recall applies to products sold in the Americas, the United Arab Emirates, and Fiji.

Johnson & Johnson recalled some Tylenol Arthritis Caplets in November and December due to the smell, which caused nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea.

Johnson & Johnson says the smell is caused by small amounts of a chemical associated with the treatment of wooden pallets.

The New Brunswick, N.J., company said it is investigating the issue and will stop shipping products with the same materials on wooden pallets. It has asked suppliers to do so as well.

The company said it is working with the Food and Drug Administration.

Johnson & Johnson shares fell 32 cents to $64.78 Friday.


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