Johnson & Johnson is recalling all 574,000 bottles of grape-flavored, liquid Infants’ Tylenol from stores nationwide due to problems with recently redesigned bottles.
17 parents or caregivers have complained that a protective cover on the top of the bottles didn’t work correctly. The protective cover is meant to limit how much of the liquid can be drawn into the syringe; instead, when consumers insert the plastic syringe it pushes the protective cover into the bottle.
J&J says there have been no reports of babies being harmed with excess doses.
The bottle was redesigned 3 months ago in an attempt to provide parents with a safer bottle structure. Last Spring, J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare CEO William Weldon
said they would be simplifying the packaging to “help a mom, dad or caregiver ensure the correct dosing.” Weldon told The Associated Press then that he thought the new design would become the industry standard.
McNeil spokeswoman Bonnie Jacobs said it was too soon to say when the product will return to the market.
“We are looking at various alternatives for the redesign of the dosing system and will set a timeline … once we’ve reviewed all the options,” she said.
The company said customers can continue to use the infant Tylenol if the bottle’s flow restrictor remains intact. If not, they can request a refund by contacting McNeil at 1-888-222-6036 or www.tylenol.com.