December 2, 2010
Mylanta Latest J&J Product Facing Recall
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a recall of Mylanta and AlternaGel liquid antacids, making it the latest in a long line of Johnson & Johnson affiliated products to face a recall this year.
The products, which are manufactured by Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals, Co. (JJMCP), are being recalled due to a labeling issue. Each of the 12 varieties of Mylanta and the one version of AlternaGel affected by the notice contain a trace amount of alcohol that was not revealed on the product labels, the company said in a statement.
The specific varieties of each antacid being recalled are Mylanta Regular Strength Original, 12 ounce size; Mylanta Original, 5 ounce size; Mylanta Regular Strength Mint, 12 ounce size; Mylanta Maximum Strength Cherry, 12 ounce size; Mylanta Maximum Strength Mint, 12 ounce size; Mylanta Maximum Strength Original, 12 and 24 ounce sizes; Mylanta Ultimate Strength Mint, 12 ounce size; Mylanta Ultimate Strength Cherry, 12 ounce size; Mylanta Supreme Tasting with Calcium Cherry, 12 and 24 ounce sizes; and AlternaGel, 12 ounce size. Product codes are available on the FDA's website.
Previously, on November 24, the company announced a recall of 9.3 million bottles of Tylenol-brand cold treatment, also for labels that failed to disclose the medicine's alcohol content. Also last month, J&J pulled 4 million packages of Children's Benadryl allergy tablets and 800,000 bottles of Junior Strength Motrin pain reliever/fever reducer caplets due to "insufficiencies in the development of the manufacturing process."
According to Ransdell Pierson of Reuters, "All told, more than 200 million bottles of J&J products have been recalled in the past year"¦ The crisis has harmed J&J's once-pristine image and is beginning to take a significant toll on its financial results. U.S. sales"¦ plunged 25 percent in the third quarter as scores of formulations became unavailable and customers opted instead for generic store brands."
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