Update August 2013: Bottles of Tylenol sold in the U.S. will soon bear red warnings alerting users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever. The unusual step, disclosed by the company that makes Tylenol, comes amid a growing number of lawsuits and pressure from the federal government that could have widespread ramifications for a medicine taken by millions of people every day. Johnson & Johnson says the warning will appear on the cap of new bottles of Extra Strength Tylenol sold in the U.S. starting in October and on most other Tylenol bottles in coming months. The warning will make it explicitly clear that the over-the-counter drug contains acetaminophen, a pain-relieving ingredient that is the nation's leading cause of sudden liver failure.
Tylenol® recalls may have affected millions of people.
Some of the recalls are related to manufacturing and storage of the product bottles which caused an odor to be emitted when they were opened. Other recalls were due to drug manufacturing problems which led to more of the active ingredients being included in the drugs than what was listed on the labels.
Tylenol Recalls: Then And Now
Almost 30 years ago, Johnson & Johnson issued what may be the granddaddy of all recalls, the Tylenol recall of 1982. Tylenol packaging had been tampered with and the medicine laced with cyanide. Tylenol was temporarily a safety and market share risk. In pulling all product from store shelves and communicating with the public through major media, Johnson & Johnson established the benchmark in product recall procedures, practices, and public relations.
What makes the past year interesting, and what has gotten the media, bloggers, and our Tylenol liver damage attorneys buzzing, is that the recent wave of Tylenol recalls are related to quality and manufacturing problems. Since September 2009, McNeil Consumer Products, the subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson that makes Tylenol, has recalled different versions of Tylenol products for various issues. Certain types/lots have had mysterious odors. Others have included too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. One manufacturing plant has been shut down for FDA violations.
When a medicinal product smells unusual, it is cause for concern, but may or may not be that serious. However, when Tylenol has the incorrect amount of its active ingredient, as has happened, it can have serious consequences. People can get hurt. How? Too much acetaminophen can cause liver injuries.
If you feel you’ve been hurt by Tylenol, especially a recalled version or lot, contact our Tylenol liver damage team. We can determine if you have a Tylenol lawsuit.
Note - Do not change medications without first consulting your doctor.
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