Johnson & Johnson has had numerous problems lately. In the past year, the company has recalled several dangerous drugs. Their recall of Children’s Tylenol and 40 other products last April became the largest recall of children’s medicine ever. Now, individuals throughout New York need to watch check their medicine cabinets again.
Johnson & Johnson recently announced a voluntary recall of Tylenol 8 Hour Extended Release Caplets. There have been no serious sicknesses associated with the drug, but several individuals complained of a strange, musty odor. In total, the recall affected approximately 34,000 bottles.
Johnson & Johnson does not have a definitive answer as to what caused the musty smell in the bottles, but they have a few guesses. They think the odor is from residue of the chemicals tribromoanisole (TBA) and trichloroanisole (TCA). The TBA can be traced to the wood pallets that are used to transport and store packing materials used in the bottles.
The caplets that were recalled most recently were manufactured at the McNeil Consumer Healthcare plant. Since then, that facility was voluntarily closed by the company.
According to the ABC News senior medical editor, the health problems people have experienced because of the recalled products have not been serious. For the most part, individuals had complaints of diarrhea and vomiting.
Although diarrhea and vomiting are less serious than some of the other health problems individuals face, they are still uncomfortable for the individuals suffering. Johnson & Johnson recalling dangerous drugs is a good first step. Now, hopefully, they will finally find a solution that enables them to stop manufacturing dangerous drugs.
Source: ABC News, “Johnson & Johnson Recalls Yet More Tylenol,” Katie Moisse and Kim Carollo, 30 March 2011