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Massive recall of Benadryl and Motrin…again (and don’t forget the Rolaids)

November 23, 2010

Can you believe we are facing another recall from McNeil? Remember the last one where more than 40 varieties of Children and Infant’s Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec were recalled? This time the recall is for 4 million packages of Children’s Benadryl allergy tablets, 800,000 bottles of junior-strength Motrin caplets,  and Rolaids Extra Strength Soft Chews. Is anyone doing quality control over there at McNeil?! WHAT is going on?

The children’s products – Benadryl Allergy FASTMELT Tablets, Cherry Flavor and Grape Flavor and Junior Strength Motrin Caplets, 24 count – were recalled because of “insufficiencies” in their manufacturing process. The company says the products are not dangerous and consumers can continue using the products. Mmm….maybe if they could tell us what the “insufficiencies” were, we could make that decision ourselves.

The Rolaids were recalled “as a precaution following consumer complaints of an uncharacteristic consistency or texture, traced to crystallized sugar in the product.” Again, the company says you can keep using the Rolaids if you have them. (Tums, anyone?)

Fortunately, these recalls are not being undertaken because someone was made ill by the products.  The company has had many problems this year.  The Benadryl and Motrin recalls were initiated after a review revealed insufficiencies in the development of the manufacturing process. A spokesperson for the company declined to elaborate on specific insufficienies.

Click here for information related to the recall of Children’s BENADRYL® Allergy FASTMELT® Tablets  (11/15/10)
Click here for information related to the recall of Junior Strength MOTRIN® Caplets (11/15/10)
Click here for information related to the recall of one lot of ROLAIDS® Extra Strength Softchews (11/15/10)

Consumers with questions should call the company at 888-222-6036.