Tuesday, June 28, 2011

J&J Recall Watch: Extra-Strength Tylenol Pulled Due to Smell - Health Blog - WSJ

J&J Recall Watch: Extra-Strength Tylenol Pulled Due to Smell - Health Blog - WSJ

Johnson & Johnson can’t seem to shake the “musty, moldy odor” that has prompted a series of product recalls.

Today it was Extra-Strength Tylenol caplets. J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare division is pulling one lot, or 60,912 bottles, of the painkiller in the U.S. following “a small number of odor reports.” The smell has been linked to trace amounts of a chemical that’s a byproduct of a preservative sometimes applied to wooden pallets used in storage and transportation. It’s not toxic but can cause GI upset.

It’s also been blamed for stinking up the antipsychotic Risperdal, HIV/AIDS drug Prezista, different types of Tylenol and two lots of the anti-epilepsy drug Topamax.

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