UPDATE 10:40 am 09/30/10
WASHINGTON (AP) - Johnson and Johnson's CEO will tell Congress today his company "let the public down" with a string of quality problems that have resulted in millions of recalled medicines.
William Weldon is scheduled to testify this morning before a House panel investigating the company's unprecedented succession of recalls. The maker of trusted brands like Tylenol, J&J has announced nine product recalls since last September, with problems ranging from contamination with bacteria to tiny metal shards.
In prepared testimony obtained by The Associated Press, Weldon also suggests the company made a serious mistake last year when it hired contractors to buy up bottles of defective lots of Motrin, rather than issuing a formal recall. The pills in question did not dissolve correctly.
A news release from McNeil Consumer Healthcare says after the company consulted with the FDA, they decided to voluntarily recall certain over-the-counter Children's and Infants' liquid products.
The recall includes Children's Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl. For a complete list of the recalled products, click on the link located below the comment section.
The company says this recall is precautionary and they have not received any reports of problems.
The reason behind the recall is because some of the products do not meet quality standards. Some may have a higher concentration of active ingredients than specified on the bottle and some could contain inactive ingredients that do not meet requirements.
In news release, McNeil Consumer Healthcare says, "While the potential for serious medical events is remote, the company advises consumers who have purchased these recalled products to discontinue use. The company is conducting a comprehensive quality assessment across its manufacturing operations and has identified corrective actions that will be implemented before new manufacturing is initiated at the plant where the recalled products were made."
If you'd like more information about the recall, you can call 1-888-222-6036, or click on the link below.