Last Thursday, Johnson and Johnson announced a follow-up to their recall of January 15 to include 21 more lots of Tylenol and other over-the-counter medications. The original recall occurred after multiple consumer complaints were filed about a moldy odor coming from the medications.
The odor was traced back to a particular chemical found in wooden pallets that are used to ship and store medications. Johnson and Johnson's unit McNeil Consumer Healthcare expanded the previous recall to include more lots of Tylenol for both children and adults and some forms of Benadryl allergy medication and Motrin painkiller that may or may not have been exposed to the wooden pallets in question. The company insists this expansion of the recall is a precautionary measure only.
McNeil Consumer Healthcare has recalled products because of quality control issues four times in the past year, making them the object of continued scrutiny from consumers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. One plant, in Ft. Washington, PA has been shut down temporarily in order to address problems.