Entries in Tylenol (4)


Johnson & Johnson Recalls Infants' Tylenol

Cristina Arias/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Johnson & Johnson is voluntarily recalling infants' Tylenol after parents reported trouble with the redesigned bottle.

There's nothing wrong with the medicine but some parents complained about the new syringe and flow restrictor that help measure the right dose.  Johnson & Johnson says there have been "no adverse events" but it’s voluntarily recalling more than a half-million bottles of grape-flavored infants' Tylenol and offering a refund to customers.

This is the 25th product recall from Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit since September 2009.

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FDA Panel Recommends Dosing Changes for Children's Acetaminophen

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- When children have a fever or pain, the first over-the-counter medicine many parents reach for is acetaminophen, more commonly known as Tylenol.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel is recommending changes in determining how much of the medicine children should get, and adding dosage instructions for children under 2 years of age.

Currently, liquid formulas give instructions for children ages 2 to 12.  But the advisory panel unanimously agreed the dosage should be based on weight, not age.  While some product labels provide dosing information with both age and weight tables, the panelists emphasize weight is a more accurate measure and the preferred approach.

For children younger than 2, parents are advised to ask a doctor to avoid an overdose and rule out dangerous infections, which could be the cause of fevers.

Although safe when used as directed, children's acetaminophen accounted for 7,500, or nearly three percent, of emergencies reported to poison control centers last year.

Overdoses of the drug, most common among children under age 2, have increased in the last ten years.

While not obligated to do so, the FDA is expected to adopt the panel's recommendations.

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Study: Too Much Acetaminophen May be Dangerous

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Concerns are being raised about the pain-killing drug acetaminophen and the problems that can arise from its usage.

One study found that acetaminophen, which is sold over the counter in items such as Tylenol, was responsible for almost 500 deaths a year in the U.S. due to over-consumption.

Medical experts say problems arise when people take too much at once, or too much over a length of time. Some health problems that can arise when too much acetaminophen is consumed include liver toxicity, liver failure, and death. Medical experts say extra strength Tylenol contains five hundred milligrams of acetaminophen in each pill, and by taking eight pills per day a person will have ingested 4000 milligrams of the drug, enough to damage the liver.

In January the FDA ordered a limit to the amount of the drug that can be used in prescription narcotic pain relievers, however this does not impact over-the-counter drugs. Medical experts suggest moderate consumption of acetaminophen, and that people consult their physician about the drugs they take regularly to find out about any potential risks.

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McNeil Issues Voluntary Recall on Common Over-the-Counters

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(FORT WASHINGTON, Pa.) -- McNeil Consumer Health Care initiated a voluntary recall on certain lots of Tylenol 8 Hour, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, Tylenol upper respiratory products, Benadryl, Sudafed PE and Sinatab products distributed in the United States, the Caribbean and Brazil.  These particular lots were manufactured at the McNeil plant in Fort Washington, Pa. prior to April 2010 when the facility's activity was suspended.  

While McNeil says the quality of these products has not likely been compromised, the pharmaceutical company is taking this precautionary measure after discovering that many of the plant's equipment cleaning procedures were not up to adequate standards or were not properly documented.  The company highlighted in a statement that the recalls are not due to "adverse events."

McNeil is also recalling certain lots of Rolaids Multi-Symtom Berry Tablets distributed in the United States to bring the product's labeling up to regulation standards.

All recalls will happen at the wholesale level only.  McNeil says that "no action is required by consumers or healthcare providers.

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