McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson, in consultation with the FDA announced a voluntary recall of 43 over-the-counter medicines made for infants and children – including liquid formulations of Benadryl, Motrin, Tylenol and Zyrtec – after manufacturing deficiencies were discovered.
No injuries or deaths have yet been reported in connection with this recall.
View a complete list of recalled medicines and corresponding lot numbers.
Safety measures and tips for parents:
Parents should feel comfortable using generic versions of the recalled drugs. If you are unsure, consult your child’s pediatrician.
Tylenol’s generic counterpart is acetaminophen; Motrin’s generic version is ibuprofen; Zyrtec’s generic counterpart is cetirizine; Benadryl’s generic version is diphenhydramine.
Herbal remedies should not be substituted for Tylenol or Motrin as these supplements are not tested or regulated by the FDA.
DO NOT give adult medications to children – even in smaller doses.
If you have given your child a recalled drug, watch for signs of illness including diarrhea, vomiting, nausea or any other symptom that seems out of the ordinary. Side effects typically appear within 24 hours.
Contact McNeil for a refund or coupon.