Recalls Update: Benadryl, Zyrtec, Tylenol and Motrin for infants and children

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Reuters reported the most recent update on the recalls. The word flying around blogs and listserves is that the recall is only for Tylenol and Motrin. The actual recall is for ALL liquid Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec medicines for children and infants.  This is due to a recall announced by McNeil Consumer Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ.N).

More from Reuters:

A full list of the over 40 affected products made by McNeil Consumer Healthcare is available at

“We want to be certain that consumers discontinue using these products,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in a statement.

“While the potential for serious health problems is remote, Americans deserve medications that are safe, effective and of the highest quality. We are investigating the products and facilities associated with this recall and will provide updates as we learn more,” she said.

McNeil said it was recalling the products in consultation with the FDA after discovering manufacturing deficiencies that could affect the quality, purity or potency of the medicines.

The FDA said some of the products may not meet required quality standards, and parents and caregivers should stop administering them to children and switch to generic brands, which are not affected by the recall.

They said consumers should not administer adult strength medicine to infants or children since that could result in serious harm.

Some of the products affected by the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than specified; others contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles, the FDA said.

The FDA said the chance of an adverse reaction was remote, but urged consumers to contact their doctors and the FDA if their children exhibited any symptoms.

McNeil Consumer said it was recalling all lots of the over-the-counter products. The medicines were manufactured in the United States and distributed in the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Dubai, Fiji, Guam, Guatemala, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and Kuwait.

It said consumers with questions about the recall could contact the company at 1-800-222-6036 or the website. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal-Esa; Editing by Eric Beech)

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  1. And not only that- a lot of pharmacies haven’t taken the items off the shelves. It’s advised to only buy generics right now.

    Here is how to get a refund: (the form is at this location).

    Refund / Product Coupon Request

    To receive a refund for product affected by the recall or a coupon good for future purchase, please complete this form in full with the required information. A representative from our Consumer Care Center may call you to verify your information.

    If you have more than 6 affected products, please complete a second form with the remaining products or call the Consumer Care Center at 1-888-222-6036. We understand that this may cause some inconvenience at this time and appreciate your patience. Our Consumer Care Center is available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

  2. Though I heard about this recall days ago, I just thought to check our children’s medicine today, fully doubting we had any of the recalled product. Sure enough, every bottle of children’s Tylenol and Motrin in my house was on the recall list.
    Check your medicine cabinets!


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