Today Johnson and Johnson and McNeil posted recall information on Children’s Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets (cherry and grape) and Junior Strength Motrin Caplets on their webpage. This recall is a wholesale and retail level recall, unlike the Tylenol recall earlier this year. This means that drug stores will be sending back their medications, but you can keep using any product you have at home.
From McNeil’s Webpage:
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 recall was initiated after a review, conducted as part of McNeil’s Comprehensive Action Plan, 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.
I have to say, I feel a little uncomfortable with the idea that medication needs to be recalled at the wholesale and retail level, but I’m supposed to keep using it? It would be one thing if they were recalling it for something like the picture was printed upside down on the box or some of the packaging was too easy to open, but they are recalling the drug for “insufficiencies in the development of the manufacturing process.” What does that even mean? To me, it means I wouldn’t be using any of these products if I had them at home. I’m not saying that the product isn’t safe…McNeil says that no one has reported being harm…but I want to feel 100% confident in anything I give my baby.
If you have questions you can call the McNeil Consumer Care Center at 1-888-222-6036 (available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET and Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern Time.) Go to McNeil’s recall web page for more information and lot numbers of recalled products.
This recall involves only the brand name products. Use store brand diphenhydramine or ibuprofen if you are concerned about avoiding these recalled products (and to save money).
What do you think? Will you be using your Benadryl or Motrin?