November 27, 2021

Johnson & Johnson To Recall Tylenol Again

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Johnson & Johnson has been plagued by product recalls this year

There is even more trouble for Johnson & Johnson as they recall Tylenol for the third time this year because of complaints about a strange and musty smell coming from bottles. It’s the ninth time a Johnson & Johnson product has been recalled this year.

They are recalling 50 count bottles of Tylenol 8 hour caplets. There are about 128,000 of these bottles.

The facility where the product was made is operated by Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare Unit. McNeil believes that the odor is caused by a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA). This facility had been shut down more than five months ago, but the products that were made there are still being distributed. The Tylenol 8 hour caplets had been produced back in March of this year.

They believe the more recent recalls are due to the same chemical. In December 2009 and January 2010, McNeil had to recall nearly 60 million bottles of the Tylenol Arthritis Relief Caplets. The complaints at that time were stomach problems.

Senior Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, said that the stomach problems were not severe. “We’re talking about vomiting, diarrhea,” Besser said after the December recall.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Congress is investigating Johnson & Johnson and the McNeil company where the recalled products have been produced. McNeil documents have been subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney General’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Johnson & Johnson had the largest children’s medicine recall in history. The company had to pull more than 136 million bottles of Benadryl, Tylenol, Motrin and Zyrtec.