Children's Tylenol Recall 2010
As many of you might already have heard, there has been a BIG voluntary recall on 43 child and infant liquid formulations products of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec by McNeil, a division of Johnson & Johnson.
It is great that they do a recall when they expect that something is not right - it is especially good when they do it before any bad things happen. But it should probably be done in a way that is more direct and easier for busy parents to read.
My friend's son has been sick since Tuesday. Nothing serious, but running a fever and not feeling well. They heard about the recall, but didn't read the whole article or hear the whole story (honestly I am not exactly sure how she heard about the recall). But because they believed it was ALL children's Tylenol and Motrin medication they have refused to give any medication to their son. The poor child is not doing well and he can't receive anything to make him feel better, because the parents are not well informed.
Personally I am not a big fan of medication in general. But I do not think that you should let your child suffer, just because one line you read or heard somewhere scares you. Of course you should not go ahead and give recalled medication to your kid, but try to stay more informed. The internet is such a great tool and easy access to all this information. It doesn't take more than a few clicks to find the Press Release that the McNeil company put out on April 30th 2010: "McNeil Consumer Healthcare is initiating this voluntary recall because some of these products may not meet required quality standards. This recall is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse medical events. However, as a precautionary measure, parents and caregivers should not administer these products to their children. Some of the products included in the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles. While the potential for serious medical events is remote, the company advises consumers who have purchased these recalled products to discontinue use."Continued on the next page