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New Children’s Benadryl, Motrin Recalls Issued

November 23, 2010

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has issued yet another recall of children’s medication, this time issuing a voluntary recall of Children’s Benadryl allergy tablets and Junior Strength Motrin pain reliever/fever reducer caplets, according to various media reports Tuesday.

The voluntary recalls were issued by J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare division on November 15 and include the cherry and grape flavors of Children’s Benadryl FASTMELT tablets and 24-count Junior Strength Motrin caplets, according to the McNeil Product Recall website.

According to Bloomberg reports, some 4 million packages of the allergy medication and over 800,000 bottles of the pain reliever have been affected. Both products were distributed in the United States, while the Benadryl was also sold in Belize, Barbados, Canada, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, and St. Thomas.

“This is a wholesale and retail level recall. No action is required by consumers or healthcare providers and consumers can continue to use the product,” the company said in a statement. “The recall was initiated after a review”¦ revealed insufficiencies in the development of the manufacturing process. There is no indication that the recalled products do not meet quality standards, and this recall is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse events.”

Also on November 15, McNeil Consumer Healthcare issued a recall for 36-count packages of Cherry-flavored Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews antacids. According to the recall website, the action was triggered as a precaution following consumer complaints. Like the Benadryl and Motrin recalls, the company is identifying this as a wholesale and retail level recall, requiring no action from consumers and healthcare providers.

“Consumers can continue to use the product,” the company said in a statement.

These are the latest in a series of recalls to his Johnson & Johnson. In October, a recall was issued for one lot of Tylenol 8-Hour caplets sold in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Over the summer, Tylenol Extra Strength, Tylenol PM, Children’s Tylenol Meltaways, Benadryl Ultratab Tables, and Motrin IB products were recalled, and in April, recalls were issued for multiple varieties of infants’ and children’s Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl products.

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