02-17-2012, 02:21 PM #1
J&J consumer health segment recalls infant Tylenol
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Recall-plagued Johnson & Johnson is pulling all infant Tylenol off the U.S. market because some parents have had problems with redesigned bottles, introduced three months ago, that the company touted as a big safety improvement to make measuring doses easier.
Instead, 17 parents or caregivers have complained that a protective cover on the top of the bottles didn't work correctly. It's meant to limit how much of the liquid pain and fever reducer can be drawn into a plastic syringe. But when those consumers inserted the plastic syringe, it pushed the protective cover, or flow restrictor, into the bottle.
J&J's McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit, which has had about 25 product recalls since September 2009, said Friday that it is recalling all 574,000 bottles of grape-flavored, liquid Infants' Tylenol from stores nationwide.
McNeil spokeswoman Bonnie Jacobs said it was too soon to say when the product will return to the market.
"We are looking at various alternatives for the redesign of the dosing system and will set a timeline ... once we've reviewed all the options," she said.
The company said customers can continue to use the infant Tylenol if the bottle's flow restrictor remains intact. If not, they can request a refund by contacting McNeil at 1-888-222-6036 or www.tylenol.com.
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