Johnson & Johnson continues to earn its title as the recall king of the over-the-counter drug business with the announcement of three separate recalls totaling around 5 million units of Children’s Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets, Junior Strength Motrin Caplets, and Extra Strength Rolaids Softchews.
Without giving a specific reason for the recall J&J’s McNeil Laboratories division has initiated a voluntary recall of all product lots of Children’s Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets, in cherry and grape flavors, that were distributed in the United States, Belize, Barbados, Canada, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, and St. Thomas and all product lots of Junior Strength Motrin Caplets, 24 count, that were distributed in the United States.
From the company’s recall sites for the Benadryl and Motrin recalls:
This is a wholesale and retail level recall. No action is required by consumers or healthcare providers and consumers can continue to use the product. The recall was initiated after a review, conducted as part of McNeil’s Comprehensive Action Plan, revealed insufficiencies in the development of the manufacturing process. There is no indication that the recalled products do not meet quality standards, and this recall is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse events.
Meanwhile, the Rolaids recalls is both slightly more specific and significantly smaller than the other two.
McNeil is only recalling one product lot of the Extra Strength Softchews, Cherry Flavor, 36 count package, that was distributed in the United States.
“The recall was initiated as a precaution following consumer complaints of an uncharacteristic consistency or texture, traced to crystallized sugar in the product,” reads a statement on the recall site. But like the other recalls, the company says there is no reason for customers to stop using the product.
The recalled number is 0053AG2, which can be found on the back of the Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews, Cherry Flavor, 36 count package.
If you have questions, you can contact the company’s Consumer Care Center at 1-888-222-6036 (available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET and Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern Time.)