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childrens-tylenol-recallThe AP (9/25) reports that on Sept. 24, “Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil unit” announced that “it is voluntarily recalling 57 lots of infants’ and children’s liquid Tylenol [acetaminophen] products because of possible bacterial contamination.” All of the “products being recalled were made between April and June” 2008 “and include nearly two dozen varieties, including Children’s Tylenol Suspension 4 oz. Grape, Infants’ Tylenol Grape Suspension Drops 1/4 oz., and Children’s Tylenol Plus Cold/Allergy 4 oz. Bubble Gum.”  The Dow Jones Newswire (9/25, Favole) reports that, according to Johnson & Johnson, the company agreed to recall the medicines after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration, even though the possibility of medical harm is slim.  The Los Angeles Times (9/24, Dennis) “Booster Shots” blog reported that the recall was implemented “because examination of bulk raw material detected that one of the inactive ingredients did not meet internal testing requirements. Specifically, the gram-negative bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) was detected.” Even though “the portion of raw material in which the bacteria was found was…not used in the production of any finished product,” the manufacturer decided to “recall all product that utilized any of the raw material manufactured at the same time as the raw material that tested positive for the bacteria.”   WebMD (9/24, Hitti) reported that in a recall letter dated Sept. 18, McNeil Consumer Healthcare stated, “Adverse health consequences of B. cepacia infections could be potentially severe, especially in high-risk patients, such as those with underlying pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, or compromised immune systems.” Florida’s Palm Beach Post (9/24, Isger) also covered the story

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