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Tylenol, Rolaids, Motrin and St. Joseph’s Aspirin recalled

Posted on Jan 16, 2010

McNeil Healthcare, the makers of Tylenol, announced a recall today that covers over 60 million bottles of more than two dozen different medications, including the brands Tylenol, Motrin, St. Joseph’s and Rolaids. For a complete list, click here.
To determine if you have a drug that has been recalled, go to the McNeil Healthcare website and scroll down until you see a picture of your medication. Check the NDC code number, the UPC number, and the lot number. These numbers are on both the external packaging and on the bottle itself.  
Tylenol first recalled only the Tylenol Arthritis Relief Caplets the end of December 2009 in response to consumer complaints of stomach problems. The complaints were determined to be caused by contamination with a chemical called 2,4,6 tribromoanisole (TBA). The TBA came from the breakdown of a chemical in the wooden pallets used to transport and store the packing material at the McNeil manufacturing facility.
The contamination gives the medication a musty smell. The FDA says McNeil first received reports of the musty smell in 2008, and that testing at that time showed the presence in TBA. However, a report was not filed with the FDA until a year later. The FDA chastised McNeil for the delay.
If you experience medical problems from these drugs, see a doctor. 

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