Johnson & Johnson has issued a recall on 21 lots of children’s Tylenol that could be contaminated with pneumonia-causing B. cepacia bacteria. AboutLawsuits has the scoop:
The Tylenol recall affects certain batches Children’s Tylenol Suspension, Infant Tylenol Suspension, Children’s Tylenol Plus Cough & Runny Nose, Children’s Tylenol Plus Cold/ Allergy and Infant Tylenol Drops and other infant and children’s products of various flavors and sizes.
B. Cepacia is a type of bacteria and known human pathogen that can cause pneumonia in individuals with compromised immune systems or who suffer from lung diseases such as pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis or chronic granulomatous disease. McNeil’s letter to healthcare professionals said that the bacteria were detected in raw ingredients used to manufacture its children’s Tylenol products.
There have been no injuries or illnesses reported in connection to the contaminated medicine. McNeil has said the recall is precautionary, and they have not found actual bacteria in finished Tylenol products. Parents and caregivers who believe they have a recalled product can contact the McNeil Customer Care Center at 1-800-962-5357 for a coupon for a new bottle.