More Recalls

McNeil Consumer Healthcare has just added more items to its list of medications recalled in 2010 and more than 14 million bottles of four products are on the list for voluntary recalls.  The recalled products include Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews, Children’s Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets, Junior Strength Motrin Caplets and Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom liquid products.

Of course, the one that effects me the most is the Benadryl and that is 4 million packages worth of recalled medicine. I was wondering why I haven’t been able to find it anywhere and where I usually send in the tablets to my daughter’s school in case of emergency, she now has the bottle of liquid.

If you have these, you can still use them as it is a voluntary recall, but they will no longer be sold. The Benadryl was recalled due to “insufficiencies in the development of the manufacturing process,” according to a release. This complete recall is the largest in recall of children’s medicine in history. It has been quite a year for McNeil and only the future knows what will happen, with all of these recalls and the closing (temporary?) of a plant in Fort Washington, PA where 300 jobs were lost. This effects much more than an allergic reaction. Will this company ever have the trust from the public it once had?

This recall makes me think of the dangers of medicine. We don’t normally think twice about medicating ourselves or our kids with medicines like Tylenol and Benadryl. We count on them for headaches and allergic reactions, and we are lucky to have them. But now we don’t! It also makes me think if I’ve given my kids the recalled medication at some point, and does it have any effect that we just don’t know about now?

With an allergy child, I have counted on Benadryl for years. My friend used to joke and say our family should buy stock in Benadryl. Boy, am I glad we didn’t!

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