J&J recalls children’s OTC medicines

From the desk of John R. Badal, medical malpractice and defective product, personal injury lawyer, Reading, PA, Berks County , Pa.

The CBS Evening News (5/1, story 8, Glor) reported, “The FDA…is advising consumers to avoid more than 40 liquid medications for children that are being recalled by the manufacturer because of quality problems. The products include children’s and infants’ Tylenol, children’s and infants’ Motrin, as well as children’s Zyrtec [cetirizine] and Benadryl [diphenhydramine].”

The Washington Post (5/2, Layton) reported, “A division of Johnson & Johnson is recalling 43 over-the-counter medicines made for infants and children…after federal regulators identified what they called deficiencies at the company’s manufacturing facility.” McNeil Consumer Healthcare announced “the voluntary recall,” which “affects hundreds of thousands of bottles of medicine” that make up “a vast portion of the children’s medicine market.”

TheNew York Times (5/2, A21, Singer) reported, “The deficiencies may affect the potency, purity or quality of the products, the agency said.” The FDA also “said it was investigating the plant where the products were made to make sure there were no other problems.”

The recall includes pediatric formulations of Tylenol, Motrin and Zyrtec, theWall Street Journal (4/3, Rockoff) reports. A spokeswoman for McNeil indicated that the active ingredient in some products may be at a higher concentration than it should, while inactive ingredients in other products may be at levels the company says are inappropriate.

The Berks county, PA lawyers at Liever, Hyman & Potter are concerned for child safety and we represent children who are injured from negligent medical treatment, who are injured  in auto, truck and motorcycle accidents and who suffer injuries from improperly filled prescriptions.

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