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article imageTylenol Recall: 8 Hour Caplets 50 count, chemical contamination

By Kim I. Hartman     Oct 21, 2010 in Health
Washington - Some Tylenol 8 Hour caplets have been recalled following a small number of complaints of a musty or moldy odor. The uncharacteristic odor is thought to be caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole.
This isn't the first time McNeil has recalled some of their Tylenol products due to chemical contamination from 2, 4, 6- tribromoanisole. Law firms across the country have been exploring a class action lawsuit due to the presence of the chemical.
This voluntary action is being taken as a precaution and the risk of adverse medical events is remote. To date, observed events reported to McNeil were temporary and non-serious. The product lot number for the recalled product can be found on the side of the bottle label.
They current voluntary recall is specific to Tylenol® 8 Hour Caplet 50 count with the lot number BCM155 3 0045-0297-51 8.
McNeil and the Food and Drug Administration recommends that consumers should stop using the affected product and contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare, either at or by calling 1-888-222-6036 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time) for instructions about receiving a refund or product coupon.
The chemical contaminant 2,4,6-tribromoanisole is believed to have seeped into empty medication bottles in past recalls. The contamination resulted in a musty odor and consumers who have taken the contaminated pills have allegedly suffered from cases of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
TBP (2,4,6-tribromophenol), the precursor of TBA (2,4,6-tribromoanisole), is used both as a wood preservative and flame retardant. It can be found on the pallets used to transport the boxed bottles of Tylenol to and from the pharmaceutical manufacturing plant.
Consumers who have medical concerns or questions or feel they have had a reaction to the product should contact their healthcare provider.
Any adverse reactions may also be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
Regular Mail: use postage-paid, pre-addressed Form FDA 3500 available at: Mail to address on the pre-addressed form.
Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Recalled Tylenol product.
Recalled Tylenol product.
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Recalled Tylenol packaging.
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