Another major recall of Tylenol 8 Hour Extended Release caplets has been issued by its maker, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, because of complaints of a musty or moldy odor from bottles of the acetaminophen pain killer. About 750,000 bottles bearing the Lot number ADM074 and UPC code 300450297181 are affected by this latest Tylenol recall.
As with recent, previous recalls of Tylenol and other McNeil over-the-counter drugs, the “uncharacteristic odor” is believed to be linked to “trace amounts” of 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA) and 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA) within the drugs’ bottles.
The health effects of TBA are believed to be minimal, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and McNeil both advise consumers to stop using the TBA-tainted Tylenol. And if consumers are experiencing any illness from the recalled Tylenol, they should contact their healthcare professional as well as the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting website: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm.
According to McNeil’s official notice, consumers should also contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare (888-222-6036) for instructions about receiving a refund or a product coupon.
MCNEIL CONSUMER HEALTHCARE ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF CERTAIN OTC PRODUCTS [McNeil Consumer Helathcare] Another Tylenol Recall [NY Times Heath Blog] J&J’s McNeil Recalls More Tylenol Tablets Over Complaints of Musty Odor [Bloomberg] J&J Issues Another Round Of Drug Recalls [Wall St. Journal]