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U.S. House to hold second hearing on J&J recalls

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Rep. Ed Towns, D-N.Y., on Tuesday announced that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which he chairs, will hold a second hearing on June 30 to examine the circumstances surrounding recalls of medicines recently recalled by Johnson & Johnson.

But this time the hearing is expected to include J&J’s chairman and CEO William Weldon.

“The hearing will examine the circumstances surrounding your recall of over 135 million bottles of infant and children’s medicines produced by Johnson & Johnson/McNeil Consumer Healthcare, including such widely used products as Children’s Tylenol, Infants’ Tylenol, Children’s Motrin, and Children’s Benadryl,” Towns wrote in a letter addressing Weldon. “The hearing will also examine the circumstances surrounding the ‘phantom recall’ of a particular Motrin product, which became public as the result of the Committee’s hearing on May 27, 2010,” Towns added.

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McNeil recalls continue; this time for Benadryl, Extra Strength Tylenol

BY Allison Cerra

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. McNeil Consumer Healthcare once again is recalling certain lots of its products as it is probed by federal investigators for its recall of children’s cough-cold products and manufacturing plant closure.

The J&J subsidiary announced Wednesday morning that four lots of Benadryl allergy ultratab tablets (100 count) and one lot of Extra Strength Tylenol rapid-release gels (50 count) would be added to its initial Jan. 15 product recall. This recall, McNeil said, is a follow-up to the product recall because the products were inadvertently omitted from the initial recall action.

Benadryl allergy ultratab tablets are designed to provide relief of such allergy-associated symptoms as sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat and itchy and watery eyes. Extra strength Tylenol rapid-release gels are sold over-the-counter and are indicated for the temporary reduction of fever, as well as for the temporary relief of minor aches and pains due to headache, muscular aches, backache, minor arthritis pain, the common cold, toothache, premenstrual and menstrual cramps, and flu.

Consumers who purchased product from the lots included in this recall should stop using the product and contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare for instructions on a refund or replacement, the company said.

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is continuing its probe of the J&J subsidiary.

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One condoms arrive at Target

BY Allison Cerra

BOSTON A new condom brand has hit store shelves at Targets nationwide.

One condoms offer unmatched sensitivity without compromising strength, the company said. More than 1,700 Target stores now carry three styles of One premium condoms: Super Sensitive, Mixed Pleasures and  Zero, a new product made from more natural, ultra-purified latex and is 25% thinner than standard condoms.

“For years, our customers have been asking when their favorite One condoms would be available at Target,” said Davin Wedel, CEO of One. “We are thrilled that day has finally come.”

To celebrate this milestone and thank its loyal customers, One is giving away free music to 1,000,000 fans. The free music downloads are available while supplies last by becoming a member of the One community in any of several ways:

  • Join the One mailing list;
  • Become a fan on Facebook;
  • Follow One on Twitter;
  • Complete an online survey at OneCondoms.com; or
  • Sign the Safer Sex Oath online

For more information, visit OneCondoms.com.

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