More medical recalls launched

The drug company that manufactured
several types of children’s medications that were subject to a mass recall is
now recalling more of its drugs.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, in
consultation with the US Food and Drug Administration, has launched a voluntary
recall of Johnson & Johnson Extra Strength Tylenol Rapid Release Gels in 50
count bottles and Benadryl Allergy Ultratab tablets in 100 count bottles.

The product was recalled after
consumers complained of a musty or mouldy odour that has been linked to trace
amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoansiole, or TBA.

According to a McNeil Consumer
Healthcare statement: “It was determined that the source of TBA was the result
of a breakdown of a chemical that is applied to wood used to build wooden pallets
that transport and store packaging materials.”

The recall follows an initial
Tylenol recall issued in January that included Rolaids, Tylenol Extra Strength
and a number of other medicines.

The company’s press release stated
that the latest expansion was issued because the medications were mistakenly
left out of the original recall.

This is the latest in a series of
medication recalls from the company. As well as the recall in January, in March
the company recalled Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl products for infants
and children due to quality control issues at its factory in Fort Washington,
Pennsylvania.

The company also recalled Zyrtec
Itchy Eye Drops in March.

Consumers who have purchased
recalled products should stop using them immediately and anyone with adverse
reactions should consult a doctor.

Foster’s Food Fair IGA in Cayman
issued a press release on Thursday stating that the capsules had been removed
from its stores’ shelves and would not be available until it received further
notice from the manufacturer.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience
this may cause, however the safety of our customers is our top priority,” the
statement from Foster’s said.

The store advised customers who had
bought recalled products from the shop to return them for a full refund.

For more information on recalled
medications, visit www.mcneilproductrecall.com.