Children's Medicine Recall 2010?

The Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers today May 1, 2010, to stop using certain medicine for children, after a recall of over-the-counter liquid medications.

Over-the-counter medication is easily accessible and works great for children who are home with the flu, a cold or allergies. But what happens when the medication that is supposed to help children becomes dangerous in and of itself?

Should consumers be worried about this recall? Is it dangerous? I mean, it's children's medicine.
Johnson & Johnson is recalling some liquid infant’s and children’s pain relievers and allergy medicine because the drugs’ quality and potency may be unsafe.
How unsafe?

asked by Real in Drugs & Medicine | 3809 views | 05-01-2010 at 06:28 PM

The FDA said it was reviewing procedures at McNeil, which appears to be the sole source of the problems. "We are following through with the facility to make certain that everything has been checked."

McNeil said in a separate statement the recall involves over-the-counter infant and children’s drops and liquid Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl in sizes ranging from 0.5 ounces (14 milliliters) to 4 ounces.
According to McNeil and the FDA, some of the children's medicine recalled may have a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified on the bottle. Others may contain particles, while still others may contain inactive ingredients that do not meet the requirements.

The recall covers products sold worldwide, and includes a great deal of liquid lots that have not yet expired. A full list of lot numbers can be found at the McNeil Consumer Healthcare recall page.

The numerous products were recalled due to a lack of meeting the quality standards that drug companies are expected to adhere to.

According to McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the recall was not issued because of medical hazards or concerns. They have said such events are remotely a possibility, but still recommend users to discontinue the use of these products.

McNeil offers a phone number for consumers to call: 1-888-222-6036 and on Monday through Friday 8 AM to 10 PM EST and Saturday and Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM EST. You can also visit the website mcneilproductrecall.com.

answered by Penny | 05-01-2010 at 06:33 PM

If you have the unexpired brands listed you can take them back to the retailer that you purchased or visit the manufacturers website for steps to either get a refund or a coupon for a replacement. There are two ways to find out if your medicine is included in the recall. You can look up the NDC number or if you can look up the UPC number. The NDC number is listed on the bottle of medicine, while the UPC number is listed on the bottom of retail box that the bottle comes in.

The Food and Drug Administration says the potential for serious medical problems is remote, and are they advising parents to stop using the children's medicines as a precaution.

answered by Sally | 05-03-2010 at 10:31 PM

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