Is it me, or are we getting inundated these days with recalls of various nature? I subscribe to a notification email from the Consumer Product Safety Commission that alerts me every time an item is recalled in this country. No joke, I get at least 2 or 3 emails a week, sometimes with lists of more than 5 items. Anyway, I guess as consumers & parents we have no choice but to take these notices seriously, especially when they relate to children’s products.
So I saw this morning that Tylenol has recalled 21 children’s and infant’s liquid medications. Here is a brief excerpt explaining the issue:
In a written statement, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Tylenol's manufacturer, said it detected bacteria in an inactive ingredient. While that ingredient was not used in any packaged final products, it was produced at the same time as those products.
In consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson (JNJ, Fortune 500), decided to "recall all product that utilized any of the raw material manufactured at the same time as the raw material that tested positive for the bacteria" as a precaution, adding that "the likelihood of a serious medical event is remote."
According to McNeil's statement, scientific literature about the bacteria suggests that ingesting a contaminated pharmaceutical product orally doesn't trigger an infection, but use of products such as a nasal spray with the bacteria has lead to infections.
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