Tylenol Recall Big Headache for J&J

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Another week, another recall by pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (Stock Quote: JNJ).

McNeil Laboratories, a division of Johnson & Johnson, announced a massive recall of various lots of Tylenol, Sudafed and Benadryl products Friday. According to the company, the voluntary recall was prompted by findings of unsanitary conditions at a manufacturing plant in Fort Washington, Pa. The plant was shut down in April 2010, and the recall encompasses all products produced at the plant before that date.

The recall is just the latest headache for the beleaguered pharmaceutical company, which has been forced to recall everything from Rolaids to Tylenol to hip implants in the past year.

Tylenol in particular has been a recurring culprit in Johnson & Johnson’s recall drama. Bottles of the pain reliever were recalled in June due to reports of a moldy smell, then again in October. In November, 9.3 million more bottles were pulled for improper labeling. The latest recall includes Tylenol 8 Hour, Tylenol Arthritis Pain and Tylenol upper respiratory products.

Unlike other recalls, there have been no adverse affects reported by consumers, and the company says customers can continue to use the product. The recall only applies to wholesalers, but that will likely mean reduced supplies of brand-name Tylenol on store shelves.

Consumers with questions about the recall can visit McNeil’s product recall site.

For more information on product recalls, check out our recalls hot topic.

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