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    FDA Releases Update: Recall of Liquid Medicines for Children

    May 6th, 2010

    Last week, McNeil Consumer Healthcare issued a recall for many of its infant’s and children’s liquid medicines, including Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl. Problems in the manufacture of these products mean that some of the medicines may contain a higher-than-labeled concentration of active ingredient, and some may contain inactive ingredients that are not supposed to be there.

    The FDA has issued a consumer-friendly update here:  Recall Information. This site includes details important for parents and caregivers, and an option to receive updates by email.

    This recall couldn’t come at a worse time–allergy season is in full-bloom in North Carolina, and many parents have stocked up on Zyrtec and Benadryl to help their children get through the spring without too many symptoms.  However, the recommendation is to stop using the recalled medicines immediately. As an alternative, you can purchase generic versions of all the recalled products–talk with your pharmacist or your child’s pediatrician to make sure that the medicines you get are safe and effective.

    To get a refund for products you may already have purchased, follow the instructions on the McNeil website: http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/

    If you have already given your child one of these recalled products and you suspect he or she has suffered a bad side effect from it, you should let the FDA know about it at www.fda.gov/medwatch. And if you have questions about your legal options in the event of an injury, the lawyers of HensonFuerst will be happy to talk with you. Visit our website at https://www.lawmed.com, or call us day or night at 1-800-4-LAWMED.