By Brooke Lamson
Moms and grandmas, check your medicine cupboards.
On Friday, McNeil Consumer Healthcare announced the voluntary recall of more than 40 popular over-the-counter cold, allergy, pain relief and fever reducers for children.
Among the brands included in the recall are infants’ and children’s Tylenol and Tylenol Plus, infant and children’s Motrin, children’s Zyrtec liquids and children’s Benadryl Allergy liquids. A complete list can be found on the McNeil website.
Most parents of small children likely have one or more of these products at home right now.
On the website, the company says it recalled the products for failure to meet quality standards. News reports say that the products may have too much of the active ingredients, not enough of the active ingredients or may contain particles.
I called the consumer information number on the website this morning to find out what to do with the products I have (baby Tylenol and kids’ Zyrtec) and what the reimbursement procedures will be â€“ this stuff isn’t cheap! Obviously, McNeil is being SWAMPED with calls â€“ the recording told me to try back later. I e-mailed my questions to the company and I’ll update if I hear something back.
The website does tell you what to do with the unused medicine â€“ don’t put them down the sink or flush them down the toilet. Instead, put them in a sealed container that kids can’t get into and dispose in the trash, or call your pharmacy to find out if there is a community take-back day, when unused drugs are collected and destroyed safely.
The website recommends you talk to your pediatrician or pharmacist about alternatives if you have a sick kid. Some of the news reports I read pointed out that children’s ibuprofen isn’t included in the list of recalls.
BrookeÂ isÂ a retired (for now, anyway) longtime newspaper editor, married, with two kids and one amazing 19-month-old grandson. She livesÂ in an 1860s farmhouse and spends time reading, renovating, gardening and garage-saling.