FDA Recalls Several Children’s Over-the-Counter Medications

Product recalls are always scary — from vehicles to cribs to toys — but never more so than when they involve medications intended to keep children healthy. The FDA has recalled several children’s over-the-counter medications, including Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl. The manufacturer, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, is a division of Johnson & Johnson.

The reasons for the FDA recall are vague, though the government has specified over 20 manufacturing problems at the manufacturer’s facility. No deaths or illnesses have resulted from taking the recalled medications, but they are said to contain higher quantities of active ingredients, unwanted particles and/or inactive ingredients that do not meet quality standards.

Parents are advised to stop giving their children the recalled medications, even though the potential for complications is “remote.” They can also visit the McNeil Product Recall website to request a refund for the recalled medications or a coupon for another purchase. The FDA recommends giving children generic or off-brand medications where needed.

The FDA will continue investigating McNeil Consumer Healthcare, as they feel that the manufacturing company is not meeting quality standards. It is unclear when the investigation will terminate or whether the FDA will fine the company or impose other consequences as a result of the medication recall.

Unfortunately, recalls of this nature do not give parents a reason to trust over-the-counter medication, and it is possible that this incident will have far-reaching consequences beyond the short-term investigation. Parents should check their medicine cabinets to determine whether they have any of the recalled medications.

It is also important for parents to watch their children closely if they have administered any of the recalled medications. Strange or unexpected symptoms could indicate an adverse reaction to the medication, and parents should contact their children’s pediatricians immediately if they observe any of the above.