Massive Recall of Children's Medicines: Update

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The FDA announced Tuesday that the raw ingredients used in making the recently recalled children's medications were contaminated with bacteria.

The plant that produced the recalled medicine has been closed, and the FDA is advising parents to stop using the recalled products.

For the full story on the FDA's announcement, visit TheStreet.com.

The medicines could contain too much of an active ingredient, small unspecified particles or ingredients with sub-par quality, according to McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson (Stock Quote: JNJ), which makes Tylenol.

The recall includes Tylenol and Motrin infant drops, children’s suspensions, as well as children’s Zyrtec and Benadryl liquid allergy medicines that have not yet expired. The over-the-counter children’s medicines come in various flavors. Consumers with these products at home should stop using them immediately and can sign up to receive a coupon or refund at mcneilproductrecall.com. For more details on the specific products included in the recall, click here.

McNeil previously recalled some of its Tylenol for children and infants in September, when an inactive ingredient fell short of quality standards.

Separately, clothing retailer Gap (Stock Quote: GPS) is recalling nearly 7,000 baby swimsuits to a strangulation hazard posed by halter straps that are too short, which could cause a ring at the swimsuits neck to press against a child’s throat. No injuries have been reported, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The swimsuits were sold between February and April of this year at babyGap, GapKids, Gap and Gap Outlet stores across the country as well as online for about $17 to $20. For more information, visit cpsc.gov.

For more on drug safety at home, check out MainStreet’s story, Hidden Risks in Your Medicine Cabinet.

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