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The troubled McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit of Johnson & Johnson said on Monday evening that it was voluntarily recalling nearly 128,000 bottles of Tylenol eight-hour caplets.
McNeil said it had taken the action after some consumers complained of a musty or moldy odor in the products, which were sold in the United States and Puerto Rico. In a statement, the company said that even though the risk of problems is remote, people should stop using the Tylenol caplets involved in the recall.
The announcement is the latest in a series of recalls by McNeil over the last year, involving more than 150 million units of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec for adults, infants and children. The products were made at McNeil plants in Puerto Rico and Fort Washington, Pa. The company has temporarily closed the Fort Washington plant for an upgrade.
The latest recall by McNeil comes the night before Johnson & Johnson is scheduled to present its third-quarter earnings results. Company executives estimated, in a previous earnings conference call with investors in July, that the plant closure and earlier recalls would reduce sales by about $600 million this year.
The news of the recall coincides with a public relations effort by the company’s chief executive, William C. Weldon, over the last few months to reassure investors and regain the trust of consumers in the products.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and, separately,
the office of criminal investigation of the Food and Drug Administration, have been investigating the company’s conduct surrounding the recalls.
The current recall is not the first time that McNeil has withdrawn medicines from store shelves after consumers complained about a moldy or mildewy smell.
McNeil recalled products in January, June and July of this year, made at its Puerto Rico plant, because of such complaints. The company said at the time that chemical contamination, caused by a substance used to treat wooden transport pallets that had leached into the products, was to blame for the odor.
A few consumers complained of stomach problems like nausea, stomach pain and
vomiting, the company said, but the problems were temporary and non-serious.
The current recall involves 50-count bottles of Tylenol eight-hour caplets made at the Fort Washington plant in March, before the facility was closed, Carol Goodrich, a company spokeswoman said. The company believes the uncharacteristic odor in these products was caused by trace amounts of the same chemical that was to blame for the product contamination at the Puerto Rico plant, she said.