County: Major recall of medicine for infants and children
Saturday, May 01, 2010
by Gerry Smith
Cook County public health
officials are recommending that parents get rid of a slew of
over-the-counter medicines for infants and children that are now part of
a major recall.
"If they have it in the house they need to get it off the shelf,"
said Dr. Stephen Martin, the county health department's chief operating
officer on Saturday.
The Food and Drug Administration says it is investigating after a
health-care company recalled more than 40 over-the-counter infant's and
children's liquid medications late Friday.
McNeil Consumer Healthcare
issued the voluntary recall in the United States and 11 other countries
after consulting with the FDA. The recall involves children's versions
of Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl, because they
don't meet quality standards.
Martin said concerned parents should first check to see if their
children's medication is on the list of products being recalled. You can
read that list HERE.
Then parents should contact their health care provider or pharmacist
to find an alternative medication that does not affect their child's
"They will be able to direct you to the best product for that
particular child," Martin said.
The FDA said the recall is due to manufacturing deficiencies that may
affect quality, purity or potency of the drugs. Some of the products
included in the recall may contain a higher concentration of active
ingredient than specified; others contain inactive ingredients that may
not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny
particles, the FDA said.
While the potential for serious medical events is remote, FDA said
consumers should discontinue use of these recalled products.
"We want to be certain that consumers discontinue using these
products and that they know what to do if they have concerns about a
specific product," FDA Commissioner Drugs Margaret A. Hamburg said in a
press release. "While the potential for serious health problems is
remote, Americans deserve medications that are safe, effective and of
the highest quality. We are investigating the products and facilities
associated with this recall and will provide updates as we learn more."
Read the FDA Q and A on this issue HERE.