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What you need to know about medicine recall

Q. I am concerned about the recent “voluntary recall” on children’s Tylenol and Advil. If my child has already received one of these medicines, should I be concerned? Any more details about why the recall occurred?


For anyone who has not heard the news, McNeil Consumer Healthcare has issued a voluntary recall on all unexpired lots of over-the-counter children’s and infants’ liquid products manufactured in the United States. This includes all children’s and infant’s liquid Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec.

Your concerns about this recall are valid. I have spent a great deal of time over the past week searching for more details about the recall to give parents in our office advice. Also, being the mother of two preschoolers, I have had to take inventory of my own medicine cabinet.

Based on FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs findings, it appears that in the making of liquid suspensions, there were inconsistent concentrations of active ingredients. The FDA also noted the presence of gram negative rods (bacteria) in some products.

In response to this voluntary recall, I recommend that parents visit the McNeil website for a complete listing of recalled products and dispose of all recalled products, .

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If your child received the medications prior to knowledge of the recall, there is no reason to be alarmed. The biggest risk posed by these medications is over-dosing because of unknown concentrations. To date, there have been no adverse reactions reported.

If your child needs medication for fever, allergies or hives, consider generic alternatives. Speak to your pharmacist for clarification if you are uncertain which medications are interchangeable.