All Infant Tylenol Recalled by J&J
February 21st, 2012
(AP) All infant Tylenol is being pulled from U.S. shelves because some parents have had problems with Johnson & Johnson’s redesigned bottles. The company introduced the new bottles three months ago, claiming they were a big safety improvement and made to measure doses easier.
But parents and caregivers have instead complained that the protective cover on top of the bottles doesn’t work correctly. While it is meant to limit the amount of medicine that is drawn into a plastic syringe, the cover instead pushes into the bottle when the syringe is inserted, consumers say. The plastic syringe has an opening in the tip but no needle – it’s meant to squirt medicine into the baby’s mouth.
Recall-prone J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit has had about 25 product recalls since September 2009, and said Friday it is recalling all 574,000 bottles of grape-flavored, liquid Infants’ Tylenol from stores nationwide.
“Today’s news about the Infants’ Tylenol recall is clearly disappointing after all the progress that McNeil has been making to ensure its products meet the highest level of quality and consumer satisfaction,” CEO William Weldon said in a statement. McNeil changed the design to make it easier to get the dose right and to limit spillage if the bottle is knocked over, McNeil spokeswoman Barbara Montresor said. The prior version had an open-topped bottle and a dropper with a flexible bulb at the top, similar to a turkey baster.