In a move that probably leaves a lot of Tylenol users seriously questioning whether it's finally time to switch to generics, Johnson & Johnson, the maker of the popular over-the-counter aches and pains stopper, has voluntarily recalled over 100,000 bottles of Tylenol 8-hour caplets 50 count.
For those of you who are sprinting to your medicine cabinets right now, the lot number is: BCM155. Those first three letters likely stand for "Be Careful Manufacturers!" ... because this seems to be happening a little too much lately.
J&J decided to pull the product after complaints of a "musty or moldy odor." That might seem a little funny at first. Not counting the yummy candy stuff we give our kids, who smells their medicine before they take it? Not me, but apparently it can make you sick. Cue the last big Tylenol recall from January ...
The January 15 recall involved 53 million bottles of Tylenol, Motrin, and the antacid Rolaids because of the exact same thing -- stinky pills. The smell was traced to a serious sounding chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole present in wooden pallets that transport and store product packaging materials, reports Reuters.
For the same reason you wouldn't eat moldy bread, you certainly don't want to swallow smelly medicine, especially when you're obviously not feeling too good in the first place. While the company insists the chances of getting sick from this recent lot are remote, and I believe them, there's always the chance you will be the unlucky one and start throwing up or worse.
Just a couple of months before the big January recall, in November 2009, five lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain 100 count with the EZ-open cap were recalled for unusual odor leading to sickness in some people. In December, the recall was expanded to include all product lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain caplet 100 count bottles with the red EZ-open cap.
And of course NONE of us can forget the big Children's Tylenol recall in May, when 50 kiddie versions of these drugs were swept from the shelves because of quality and safety concerns. These medicines were made at the same plant as the most recent recall -- the manufacturing facility in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
The FDA has been on the company's case and is demanding upgrades to the plant, where production has now been suspended. My next question is, where are they putting all these recalled medicines? Seems like they need to build a whole new facility just for that.
Have you lost faith in Tylenol with all the recent recalls or are you sticking by your product?