Johnson & Johnson’s Product Recalls

Johnson & Johnson’s had faced massive recall of products in the past two years, which include children products such as Tylenol.

Here is the list of major product recall from Johnson & Johnson’s, including children product recall:

  • Feb 17, 2012: 574.000 bottles of grape-flavored Tylenol (problem: flaws in a new bottle design)
  • Jan 27, 2012: 2.000 tubes of Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion (problem: excessive levels of bacteria in a product sample)
  • Dec 21, 2011: 12 million bottles of Motrin pain relievers (problem: caplet may dissolve too slowly, delaying pain relief)
  • Sep 23, 2011: two batches of Eprex anemia drug in 17 countries (problem: inconsistent potency)
  • Apr 14, 2011: 57.000 bottles of epilepsy drug, Topamax (problem: foul odor)
  • Mar 29, 2011: 700.000 bottles of Tylenol and other consumer medicines (problem: musty or moldy odor)
  • Mar 8, 2011: five lots of insulin pump cartridges (problem: potential leaks)
  • Mar 2, 2011: 107 batches of surgical sutures, recalled in December (problem: potential sterility problems)
  • Feb 11, 2011: 70.000 syringes filled with the antipsychotic drug Invega (problem: cracks in the syringes)
  • Jan 14, 2011: 50 million bottles and packages of various kinds of Tylenol, Benadryl, Rolaids and other consumer products (problem: lax cleaning procedures at manufacturing plant)
  • Dec 9, 2010: all lots of Softchews Rolaids antacids (problem: wood and metal bits in the tablets)
  • Dec 2, 2010: 12 million bottles of Mylanta and almost 85,000 bottles of AlternaGel liquid antacid (problem: small amounts of alcohol from flavoring agents was not noted on product packaging)
  • Dec 1, 2010: 492.000 boxes of 1 Day Acuvue TruEye contact lenses (problem: consumer complaints of stinging pain)
  • Nov 24, 2010: 9 million bottles of Tylenol (problem: inadequate warning of trace amounts of alcohol used in the product flavorings)
  • Oct 18, 2010: 1 lot of adult Tylenol caplets (problem: musty or moldy odor)
  • Jul 8, 2010: 21 lots of Tylenol for children and adults, several forms of Benadryl and Motrin sold in the United States, Fiji, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica in expansion of Jan 15 recall. The company has said this action affected 2.5 million bottles of medicines (problem: musty or moldy odor detected in earlier recall)
  • Jun 15, 2010: 4 lots of Benadryl and Extra Strength Tylenol gels sold in the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda and Puerto Rico in expansion of Jan. 15 recall. The company has said 500,000 bottles were affected (problem: musty or moldy odor detected in earlier recall)
  • Apr 30, 2010: forty products including liquid infant and children’s pain relievers, Tylenol, and Motrin and allergy medications Zyrtec and Benadryl. About 135 million bottles were affected, according to congressional investigators (problem: manufacturing deficiencies that may have affected the quality, purity or potency of the medicines)
  • Jan 15, 2010: Fifty-three million bottles of over-the-counter products including Tylenol, Motrin and Rolaids, Benadryl and St. Joseph’s Aspirin, involving lots in the Americas, the United Arab Emirates and Fiji (problem: unusual moldy, musty or mildew-like odor linked to chemical in wood pallets used to store and ship products)
  • Dec 2009: expands November recall of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets (problem: consumer reports of unusual moldy odor with the 100-count bottles)
  • Nov 2009: Five lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets (problem: reports of an unusual musty or mildew-like odor that was associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea)
  • Sep 2009: Some lots of infants’ and children’s Tylenol (problem: possible bacterial contamination)
  • Jul 2009: Motrin tablets sold mostly at convenience stores. The recall is the subject of a congressional probe into what some Democratic lawmakers say was a stealthy effort to buy back the drug rather than recall it. J&J has said FDA knew of their actions, while FDA has said as soon as it found out, it sought a recall (problem: problems with dissolving)

What to do if you have something on the recall list:

–          Stop using the product immediately

–          Check whether your product is on the recall list

–          Contact the producer or customer service for the next step

If you have any health related questions, you should consult your own physician!

From Reuters Health Information

 

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