McNeil announces third recall of 2011

No new brands included in latest recall

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — McNeil Consumer Healthcare on Tuesday recalled one product lot of the analgesic Tylenol 8 Hour extended-release caplets 150-count bottles distributed in the United States, and three brands at the wholesale level.

“McNeil is taking this action as part of our ongoing surveillance and monitoring efforts that identified a small number of complaints of a musty or moldy odor,” the company stated, specifically referencing only the Tylenol 8 Hour recall. The lot number found on the label on the side of the bottle is ADM074; UPC Code 300450297181.

Consumers who purchased product from the lot included in this recall should stop using the product and contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare, either at or by calling (888) 222-6036.

The uncharacteristic odor is thought to be caused by the presence of trace amounts of chemicals called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, or TBA, and 2,4,6-trichloroanisole, or TCA.

Separately, McNeil Consumer Healthcare is adding 10 lots of other products to a wholesale level recall the company originally initiated on Jan. 14. That recall was conducted as a precautionary measure after a review of past production records found instances where equipment cleaning procedures were insufficient or that cleaning was not adequately documented. That recall did not require any action by consumers or healthcare providers.

For a list of the additional lot numbers included in the latest recall, click here.


- 11:22 AM
SonjaKathryna says

I’m baffled that the 750,000 bottles in this last recall were manufactured in the Fort Washington, PA facility that has been closed for a year now. Was the first recall not expansive enough? It scares me to think of what went on in that plant before the FDA took over. These recalls seem to have been steadily reoccurring over the last 12 months, but I can’t imagine the company’s costs and damages surpass the injury of the consumer. So many people have suffered illnesses, including liver failure from quality issues and accidental overdoses. Hopefully this is the last of them. Regards, SK –

- 3:26 AM
KurtU says

Thanks for the update. This year, a number of people might wonder about why there is apparently such a dearth of Tylenol on pharmacy shop shelves. For the past couple of years, there have been a series of Tylenol shortages, which are continuing though a lot of generic brand acetaminophen is accessible. Read more from: Flu on rampage amid reports of Tylenol shortages.

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