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Tylenol, Motrin Recall for Unusual Odor

Posted by Jane Akre
Friday, January 15, 2010 1:14 PM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: McNeil, Johnson & Johnson, Tylenol, Motrin, Rolaids, FDA

Tylenol, Benadryl, Motrin among affected products in J & J voluntary recall.

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IMAGE SOURCE: Reuters News/ image of Tylenol Arthritis Web site

Recall Broadens To Include Extra Strength and Rolaids

A recall of several over-the-counter pain relievers including Tylenol, Benadryl, and Motrin has been announced because of complaints of a mildew or musty odor.

Johnson & Johnson has been working to fix the problem since it was first reported in 2008, reports CNN Money.

60 million bottles of Tylenol products are now included in an expanded recall announced Friday morning grew, More than two dozen over-the-counter products are all made by McNeil Healthcare LLC, a division of Johnson & Johnson.

A Bad Smell

When something smells bad, literally and figuratively, you aggressively investigate and solve the problem," said Deborah Autor, director of FDA's compliance office to CNN.

"The company should have acted faster," Autor said. "All companies have a responsibility to ensure high quality, safety and effective of their products and protect consumers."

In November, McNeil recalled five lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain 100 count with the EZ-Open cap. In December, McNeil expanded the voluntary recall to include all lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet with the EZ-Open cap.

At that time, some consumers had complained about stomach problems. A chemical substance called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA) is applied to wood pallets and the chemical breakdown was transferred to packaging materials.

The FDA has traced the pallets to a manufcturing plant in Puerto Rico. The agency is determining whether other drug makers also use pallets from this plant to transport products.

Included in the expanded recall are: Tylenol Extra Strength, Rolaids and a number of children’s medications. In all 27 products are affected including junior strength Motrin, Children’s Tylenol Grape Meltaway tablets, Extra Strength Tylenol, Extra Strength Tylenol, Rapid Release Gelcap, Extra Strength Tylenol PM Geltab, Motrin Caplets, Extra Strength Rolaids fresh mint tablets and St. Joseph Aspirin chewable orange tablets.

10 reports of a moldy and musty odor have been received about Rolaids and 39 about Tylenol Extra Strength, including three adverse event reports.

The musty-smelling chemical causes sickness but poses no serious risk to health.

In a statement McNeil says, “In addition to the product recall, McNeil Consumer Healthcare is continuing its investigation into the issue and is taking further actions that include ceasing shipment of products produced using materials shipped on these wood pallets and requiring suppliers who ship materials to our plants to discontinue the use of these pallets.”

Contact McNeil products toll free (888) 222-6036. #


26 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by Elaine Donaldson
Friday, January 15, 2010 3:44 PM EST

I am so disgusted with your company, you knew there was a problem and I have been giving my granddaugher Motrin for months that should have been recalled. You should be ashamed.

Anonymous User
Posted by Linda DeRenzo
Friday, January 15, 2010 7:54 PM EST

I agree with Elaine. my husband and I use Moltrin,as an alternative to prescription pain relievers, due to the fact we could no longer afford health insurance for medicine. When are you people going to put people's safety before money, when are you going to do your jobs. Oh I answered my own question!!! You are not going to think of our safety, as long as you are making money. Hence the saying "Money IS the root of all evil". You should be ashamed of yourselves for putting people's health in jeopardy, but the sad fact is , you are not.

Anonymous User
Posted by Linda DeRenzo
Friday, January 15, 2010 7:54 PM EST

I agree with Elaine. my husband and I use Moltrin,as an alternative to prescription pain relievers, due to the fact we could no longer afford health insurance for medicine. When are you people going to put people's safety before money, when are you going to do your jobs. Oh I answered my own question!!! You are not going to think of our safety, as long as you are making money. Hence the saying "Money IS the root of all evil". You should be ashamed of yourselves for putting people's health in jeopardy, but the sad fact is , you are not.

Anonymous User
Posted by Barbara Sovine
Friday, January 15, 2010 9:56 PM EST

I have been having leg pain this past week just kept taking my extra strenght tylenol 100 caplets 500 mg each tablets. AMA008. Come to find out it is on the recall list. I have been having bad stomach pain this week plus diarehha and head ache. I didn't take any tylenol today and have been some better. I notice sometimes I have woke up and smelled a musty odor from me. Since my Mom told me about the Tylenol recall today I am really afraid of what it has done to me. I have had strokes and my doctors have always told me it was safe for me to take Tylenol. So now what do I do. I have always trusted tylenol for my pain medication. Please let me know what I should do. Where do I call about this and should I get any compensation for what I have been through.

Anonymous User
Posted by Barbara Sovine
Friday, January 15, 2010 9:56 PM EST

I have been having leg pain this past week just kept taking my extra strenght tylenol 100 caplets 500 mg each tablets. AMA008. Come to find out it is on the recall list. I have been having bad stomach pain this week plus diarehha and head ache. I didn't take any tylenol today and have been some better. I notice sometimes I have woke up and smelled a musty odor from me. Since my Mom told me about the Tylenol recall today I am really afraid of what it has done to me. I have had strokes and my doctors have always told me it was safe for me to take Tylenol. So now what do I do. I have always trusted tylenol for my pain medication. Please let me know what I should do. Where do I call about this and should I get any compensation for what I have been through.

Anonymous User
Posted by urguess
Saturday, January 16, 2010 12:51 AM EST

Sounds like yet another class action. McNiel, I'd like to know if you think you may have incompetent people working in you so called "leadership" roles, or is your so called leadership just that corrupt, or is it just laziness that it take over 2 years to shut down chemically contaminated pallet shipping. Hmm, wonder if that's even the factual story as to what's causing the contamination. Maybe that's another reason to litegate this situation, just finding out the truth may be a curious thing? I would expect the Class to at minimal receive compensation for puchases of defective product which was not what it was purported to be. That is called fraud, misrepresentation, and possibly criminal since it's gone 2 years unabated and without my having been aware by you directly in your advertising, marketing, or press releases directly to me during my purchase or during my television viewing time which you routinely interrupt with annoying pharmaceutical drug pushing commercials.

Posted by Jean Hyde
Saturday, January 16, 2010 11:19 AM EST

I have been taking Tylenol Arthritis,Pm,Musle Aches & Pain. You name medicine and it was Tylenol for me. Because I was in the hospital a few years ago and that is what my Doctor told me to do. I have had headaches,stomach aches and in Dec I was very sick and I kept calling it the flu but it was no flu it was these pills. I hope I never touch another one of your products. This is totally uncall and now I really do not know which way to go for medication that I can trust as I did yours

Anonymous User
Posted by Vanessa Usi
Saturday, January 16, 2010 11:39 AM EST

Wow! What is corporate America coming too? The consumers and their well being are not their concerns anymore. It is all about the numbers. Especially for a company that you trust. I have trusted them for all my life and I trust the medication will continue to be effective and protect my family.

Anonymous User
Posted by Marian
Saturday, January 16, 2010 6:02 PM EST

I have been taking Tylenol for many years and reently felt sick after taking tylenol. J&J should be ashamed to have allowed these pills to be sold. I guess these days money means more the life.

Anonymous User
Posted by Marian
Saturday, January 16, 2010 6:02 PM EST

I have been taking Tylenol for many years and reently felt sick after taking tylenol. J&J should be ashamed to have allowed these pills to be sold. I guess these days money means more the life.

Anonymous User
Posted by Marian
Saturday, January 16, 2010 6:02 PM EST

I have been taking Tylenol for many years and reently felt sick after taking tylenol. J&J should be ashamed to have allowed these pills to be sold. I guess these days money means more the life.

Anonymous User
Posted by D.thompson
Sunday, January 17, 2010 12:17 AM EST

I have a horrible fungal infection and bacterial infection that may be in relation to one of three products take Tylenol extra strength eztabs benadryl or rolaids I have been having severe stomach pain and head aches and fever that is unexplained and I'm taking antibiotics and none of it is working. I am 15 weeks pregnant and the only advise I have gotten is to stop using the meds which I already had done before I ever knew there was a product recall. If you have any advise about the pain in my stomach please help thanks

Anonymous User
Posted by Steve Lombardi
Sunday, January 17, 2010 10:00 AM EST

I fail to see how the contamination explanation makes any sense. How can a chemical on a wooden pallet leach up through a base protective material, a cardboard box, smaller cardboard boxes that contain other smaller boxes and finally a plastic container holding the pills? Does this make sense to anyone? Not me. I'm going to guess the final explanation will point towards the manufacturing process.

Anonymous User
Posted by Tina Alexander
Sunday, January 17, 2010 6:17 PM EST

I've recently start giving my 7 month old son motrin and it works great on him I always take the time to smell and test his medication before I give it to him. But, next time if there is a problem with your brand of medication I would like a head up cause if he would of got sick. Thats all

Anonymous User
Posted by Debra Alexander`
Monday, January 18, 2010 12:44 PM EST

I have been taking Motrin Ib with a lot # that has been recalled. I have been taking it daily for over 2 months. I have been sick with Diarrhoea and Nausea for over a month and the Dr. hasn't been able to find out what has been making me sick. I have lost over 18lb. I will never take another Johnson and Johnson product again.

Anonymous User
Posted by Cris
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:16 AM EST

I usually buy generics in these meds, but I bought Rolaids for some reason. I have been taking them since just before Christmas, every day. The more my stomach bothered me, the more I took (the directions say you can take 2-4 every hour when needed). At least SAMS is taking the time to check which of the items each of their members bought and is being responsible by making personal calls to tell us to return them. I am not sure how I keep getting recalled items - My daughter was hospitalized a few years ago with the Peter Pan thing... bad luck? I understand that accidents happen. Why didn't they jump on this sooner? I love how the warning list reactions of nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea, but it's nothing serious. I doubt I could get any of the company executives to take serious doses since it is no big deal.

Anonymous User
Posted by Bonnie
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 11:53 PM EST

My husband takes Tylenol and Motrin at different times for different aches. He is going to the doctor tomorrow for terrible pain in his left leg that just began in late Dec 2009, Now I am wondering if it is the otc pain relievers causing the pain as it never seems to go away. He too gets stomach pains for no apparent reason. I do think the Attorney that posted a comment is right and it will be found in the manufacturing of these products not the pallet they were on. These people must believe we are all stupid to believe that story.

Anonymous User
Posted by shaunda
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:37 AM EST

i cant even begin to tell you the problems i have had the past few months while taking this medication .i have been to many doctors about my dizziness, headaches, balance problems ect. almost going crazy when the doc said migraines were causing this. i tell him well i have never had migraines before oh lost 6 lbs cause of the diahrea and now on meds they say i may have to take forever due to migraines. imagine i have recalled tylenol imagine that. i have gone through physical therapy for balance. had an mri of the brain and lots more. this makes me very angry. one doctor said you know i think it could be a change in your medication. well it probably was a change in a manufacturing process screwing with my head! TYLENOL

Anonymous User
Posted by shaunda
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:39 AM EST

did i mention going through all of this while taking care of my two year old baby girl. not easy with these problems.

Anonymous User
Posted by jeanie
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 9:33 AM EST

I have been taking motrin daily for sometime now it seemed to help with muscle aches,thinking I was coming down with a virus, feeling sick to stomach followed by diarehha and headache i began taking my motrin every four hours feeling sicker each time and not relating it to my motrin at the time then finding out Sunday that it was recalled i checked my bottle and it is one that is recalled out of 225 i've have taken 155 of them since purchased would like to know what do i do with them i know what i would like to do.

Anonymous User
Posted by Steve Lombardi
Sunday, January 24, 2010 10:25 AM EST

For all of you who commented and are disgusted, scared or fearful of having been duped I suggest you write to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and ask them if that organization is receiving financial support from outside this country. Money they may be receiving from those who manufacture product outside of this country and make a profit off of low grade production standards. There is a reason why the Chamber wants to take away your right to sue companies like this one after the product you use poisons the consumer; in this case you or a family member. The U.S. Chamber has a very cozy relationship with the "manufacturers" in China; those same manufacturers that are controlled (and owned) by the Chinese Communist Party and its members. If there is such a relationship consumers, American businessmen who make and sell products in this country along with investors will need to reexamine what the Chamber and its evil sister, the ATRA, tell them. Where does the U.S. Chamber of Commerce get its money and why don’t they disclose funding sources? Is tort reform the long sinister arm of the CCP and shoddy manufacturers in Mexico?

Anonymous User
Posted by Kori
Monday, January 25, 2010 11:44 PM EST

I have been giving my 5 yr old daughter Tylenol Meltaways bc she sometimes has leg pain. She has been complaining about her tummy hurting. Got home tonight and sure enough it was a recalled bottle. I myself had an ear infection last week and was taking Motrin around the clock. I had this bottle since September or earlier of '09 and there were days I felt like throwing up at my desk but did not know why. Today I find out the bottle had been recalled. It contained 125 tablets and today it contains 2. Thanks,I pretty much took the entire bottle before I found out today. Oh, and I felt horrible today.

Anonymous User
Posted by Larry Holloway
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 10:14 AM EST

Stop outsourcing to third world countries. If it cost me more to buy the product that's good. At least here in the good old US of A, at least it meets a standard that is monitered. Give the jobs back to American workers!

Anonymous User
Posted by jennifer everhart
Monday, February 01, 2010 6:54 PM EST

I have had a problem with my left eye and my neck for 6, YES 6, months! I bought the mega bottle at Sam's warehouse back this summer. I noticed around the same time I had something funky going on in my right eye and pain in my jaw. I have been to 3 specialist, (that includes my dentist) done two runs of antibiotics, the whole time taking in conjunction with the motrin, and had an mri. The conclusion was all the doctors can't find wrong with that side of my head. I am highly allergic to mold and get irritated around some chemicals. I quit taking the motrin a week ago, as I have reached for it daily while the problem has gotten worse--almost daily for the last 3 months. The jaw and neck pain have stopped incidentally, but my eye still feels weird. The last appointment, two weeks ago was the eye doctor who said I strained the other eye, not the affected one, so bad that I need glasses for that eye!! I am an artist. I am pissed to say the least... I am taking the bottle to my family doctor to try to get some help again---for the third time--same problem. I have insurance but this has cost me around 500.00 in uncovered costs--I had to go to doctors one at a time since I'm not rich, all the while hoping and praying this would resolve itself. I have no trust in this company and it's products---How could you do this consciously and know you making people sick? How do you sleep at night???

Anonymous User
Posted by John Smith
Monday, February 08, 2010 12:49 PM EST

Folks,

...there is more here than meets the eye. There are only two companies in the world that manufacture TBA/TBP. The companies are Chemtura in Wiscosin/Illinois and ICL in Israel. This chemical is illegal to use in the U.S. However, in South America and other countries it is not. It is extremely common in the plastic industry, wood as a fire retardant. The problem is a mold that can be found in the soil or over vegetable. This mold causes a chemical reaction with TBA that is a health hazard. TBA can be found in either plastic or wood or many other materials commonly used. More than 2 billions wood pallets are used in the U.S. every year. Plastic pallets also have their health hazards to be concerned about. What we need is for suppliers of pallets to certify that their pallets are safe to use!!.

Anonymous User
Posted by Betty
Monday, February 08, 2010 3:56 PM EST

Had a big snowfall and shoveled lots of snow and have aches and pain in arms, started taking motrin and started having bad stomach pain had to get more motrin not knowing what the pain was about and just found out about the recall at the Giant, they had it posted. I sure was getting worried about the stomach pain and will not take the motrin I am sure that is the problem. I did not have it until I started taking the motrinIB. Just dont know who to trust any more with medicines.
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