Student Nurse Laura

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Be careful using Tylenol, it could save your life

Posted by Laura on January 26, 2010

At this time, many products by McNeil are recalled. According to their site it is due to only an “unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that, in a small number of cases, was associated with temporary and non-serious gastrointestinal events. These include nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea.”

Products include: Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Rolaids, Simply Sleep, and St Josephs

But as with the past September 09 recall (http://www.examiner.com/x-14041-Charlotte-Health-and-Happiness-Examiner~y2009m9d24-Bacteria-prompts-Tylenol-recall-2009), the recall was due to a bacteria found in the product. Gram-negative bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) can kill. 

Many people have not heard of these recalls, so I am posting this info to warn my friends to use caution. Check your medications against the McNeil list  using the link below. Throw away the old, check those expiration dates, and make sure you are only using new products. Heck, it’s probably time to go through you medication closet anyways and clean out the old!

Be safe.

For all current recalls, check out the McNeil page. Images and product numbers can be seen at http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/ 

Image found at (http://iai.asm.org/cgi/reprint/68/1/24.pdf)

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