FDA announces recall on kid's medicines - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/4/10

FDA announces recall on kid's medicines

The list is long, including more than 50 products, involved in a massive recall of infant and children's over the counter medications - including liquid Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec.

The FDA says a Pennsylvania manufacturing plant used bacteria ridden materials to make those kids medications and the company, McNeil, failed to investigate and correct problems even after getting nearly 50 complaints in the past year that consumers were finding black particles in the medicine.

The report also found thick dust and grime covering certain equipment, a hole in the ceiling and duct tape-covered pipes. The report finds the manufacturer failed to investigate and correct problems in drugs, did not maintain proper facilities and procedures to test drugs.

McNeil has shut down all manufacturing at their Port Washington, PA plant and won't start again without notifying the FDA. Adult products are also made there, but there is no indication they need to be recalled.

A regular inspection of the facility sparked this investigation. No samples have tested positive for contamination. The FDA says this is serious for the company but the potential for side effects is actually remote and said they can't say whether further action is warranted.

FDA officials are advising parents to not use any of the products involved in the recall and to use a generic substitute instead.

If you'd like to see the full list of recalled medicines (click here).

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