Eleven million bottles of a popular pain reliever are being voluntarily recalled after the manufacturer found traces of metal particles in the caplets.
The drug is Acetaminophen, sold under a variety of brand names. Today, Perrigo Company, the maker, announced that even though there have been no reports of injury or illness it is recalling those pills in the 500 milligram strength. The FDA says the recall is just a precaution that the chance of a serious reaction is "remote", but swallowing a contaminated pill may bring some minor stomach upset.
Here's what you can do if you have Acetaminophen at your house. Check the number on the pills and compare those to the recalled numbers on the FDA web site. If you don't have a computer, you can call this toll free number for more information 877-546-0454.
So far, Perrigo has tested 70 million caplets and only 200 have contained metal fragments. Link to recalled batch numbers:http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/perrigo/perrigobatchlist.html.
Link to list of stores Perrigo provides acetaminophen for: http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/perrigo/perrigocustlist.html.