By Heather Legg
In addition to the medicine recalled earlier this year, including children’s Zyrtec and children’s Benadryl, McNeil Consumer Healthcare just announced that they have also recalled Benadryl Allergy Ultratab Tablets and Extra Strenght Tylenol Rapid Relase Gels.
For those of you relying on Benadryl for allergy needs, you will need to check your supplies and get rid of any of the recalled medicine if you have it. According to an article on www.cnn.com, the Johnson and Johnson subsidiary said customers should call 1-888-222-6036 or use the website www.mcneilproductrecall.com for information on how to receive a refund or replacement product. The drugs were sold in the United States and in Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago.
In this same article, it was reported that McNeil said the “risk of adverse medical events is remote.” Adverse event reports are consumer complaints of a serious side effect associated with the use of a medical product, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Adverse events could include death, hospitalization, disability and other health complications. The products were recalled because of an unusual odor associated with the chemical 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA) that was applied to shipping pallets, the company said. A number of complaints have been filed reporting that the medicines have a moldy smell.
Many stores sell store brand of these medicines; I have bought the Target brand of Benadryl and it seems to work quite well. Maybe it’s time to buy some more. However, I know some of my friends have not had good luck with store brands of Zyrtec and are searching a replacement.
The FDA is currently investigating the company to determine if other products have problems and what steps the company needs to take to ensure these issues do not occur again. In the past eight months, McNeil has issued five recalls.
Many of us depend on over the counter medicine and this is a frightening situation. I know we have Benadryl tucked around the house, in the car, my purse and who knows where else. It’s hard enough to maintain current expiration dates and now with the recalls, it makes it even harder. I had to give one of my children Tylenol today along with generic ibuprofen because we’d thrown our Motrin out earlier in the year. Now I have to double check everything and decide if I need to toss the Tylenol, too.