Children's Benadryl, Motrin & Rolaids Recalled: What You Need to Know

RecallAnother recall! This time it's Children's Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets, Junior Strength Motrin Caplets, and Extra Strength Rolaids Softchews, but don't freak out (too much). There's nothing wrong with the medicine, and this is a wholesale and retail level recall, so you as a consumer don't have to do anything. WHAT?

The company released a statement about the Benadryl and Motrin saying: "No action is required by consumers or healthcare providers and consumers can continue to use the product." But they're being pulled off the shelves for "insufficiencies." They are recalling the Rolaids "as a precaution following consumer complaints of an uncharacteristic consistency or texture, traced to crystallized sugar in the product."

They reiterated, though, that you don't have to stop using the Rolaids if you've already got them. Still, you have to wonder what "insufficiencies in the development of the manufacturing process" means.



These medicines were made in a plant in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, before it was temporarily closed due to other numerous recalls. The products were made before more rigorous practices were established. J&J has had to deal lots of recalls because of this plant in the past few years. The latest happened just in October, when Tylenol was recalled due to a strange musty smell. In late April, over 135 million bottles of OTC medicines were recalled due to manufacturing problems.

And since the company has been vague about what these "insufficiencies" are, here are more details to wrap your head around:

1. The company recalled 4 million packages of cherry and grape Benadryl Fastmelt tablets, 800,000 Motrin caplets, and 71,000 caplets of Extra Strength Rolaids.

2. The over-the-counter products affected include Children’s Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets, cherry flavor, with a code number of 50580-347-18; Children’s Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets, grape flavor, code number 50580-348-18; and Junior Strength Motrin Caplets, 24 count, code number 50580-498-24.

3. The recalled number for the Rolaids is 0053AG2, which can be found on the back of the Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews, Cherry Flavor, 36 count package.

4. Consumers with questions should call J&J's 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).

Will you stop using these products even though J&J says there's no danger?


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