Johnson & Johnson Quietly Recalls Children's Benadryl and Motrin ... Again

Filed under: In The News, Health & Safety: Toddlers & Preschoolers, Health & Safety: Big Kids

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Though said not to affect consumers this time, Johnson & Johnson has effected yet another recall of children's medications this year. Credit: McNeil-PPC, Inc.


Just when you thought it was safe to go back to your medicine cabinet, comes yet another recall of widely-used children's medications from Johnson & Johnson, the world's biggest health products maker, Bloomberg reports.

Citing "manufacturing lapses," the company announced the voluntary recall last week, pulling about 4 million packages of Children's Benadryl allergy tablets and 800,000 bottles of junior strength Motrin caplets from retail and wholesale shelves, according to the news service.

Bonnie Jacobs, spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit, which manufactures the over-the-counter medicines, says there is no safety issue and consumers do not have to take any action, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"There's no indication the products don't meet quality standards, and it's not being undertaken on the basis of adverse events," Jacobs tells the Journal.

Johnson & Johnson's recall of more than 40 types of children's over-the-counter liquid medicines in April is currently under investigation by various governmental entities, including a criminal probe by the U.S. Justice Department, the Journal reports.

Jacobs says a review was conducted by the company earlier in the year as part of the plan it had submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fix quality problems found in the prior recalls. A notice on the Benadryl website notes that the review "revealed insufficiencies in the development of the manufacturing process."

Just a few days after this new recall, the first children's Tylenol products began to return to drugstore shelves, though it remains to be seen if parents can be convinced to buy the pain reliever again, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The recall includes all product lots of Children's Benadryl Allergy FastMelt Tablets, in cherry and grape flavors, that were distributed in the United States, Belize, Barbados, Canada, Puerto Rico, St. Martin and St. Thomas, and all product lots of Junior Strength Motrin Caplets 24 count that were distributed in the United States.

The Journal says the recall notice on the McNeil website is dated Nov. 15, but Johnson & Johnson did not issue a press release on the matter, as it has done with other recalls this past year. In addition, there is no mention of the recall on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.

For more information on products recalled, visit the Benadryl website or call the company's consumer care center at 888-222-6036.

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