Tylenol Drug Recalled
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) made a massive recall Friday, January 15, for over-the-counter drugs due to a moldy smell that made people sick. The recall includes Tylenol, Mortin and St. Joseph’s Aspirin. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) slammed the company for its slow response to an incident related to the medicines in Puerto Rico.
“McNeil should have acted faster,” said Deborah Autor, director of the FDA’s Office of Compliance said. McNeil, or fully McNeil Healthcare LLC, is the manufacturer of the drugs listed above.
Specific brands that are included in the recall are regular and extra-strength Tylenol, children’s Tylenol, eight-hour Tylenol, Tylenol arthritis, Tylenol PM, children’s Motrin, Motrin IB, Benadryl Rolaids, Simply Sleep, and St. Joseph’s aspirin.
Around 70 people have been sickened by the smelly medicines. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhea.
McNeil already knew of the problem in 2008 but made only limited investigations. J&J said that they will make a new investigation and has directed to stop shipping the products with the same materials on wooden pallets.
“When something smells bad, literally or figuratively, companies must aggressively investigate and take all necessary action to solve the problem,” finished Autor.