Tylenol brand back on the shelves for kids, oops, not anymore

If you have a young child, you’ve probably noticed that Tylenol was off the shelves for quite a while do to some production problems. Other brands have stepped in to fill that void in the past few months including Triaminic and Pediacare.

You’ve also likely noticed that the form it comes in for the infants and toddlers has changed. The “infant” drops with the 0.4 and 0.8 ml droppers are going buy the wayside. There were a number of instances where parents thought they could dose the drops as though they were the “children’s” for their older kids. The problem is that the infant drops are three times as concentrated as the children’s liquid.

All manufacturers have voluntarily stopped making the infant form to prevent this. A 0-36 month version has come out in its place. This is the same concentration as the “children’s” form, but comes in a smaller bottle with a syringe and special cap to insert the syringe in to draw it up. The equivalent dose to the old 0.4 and 0.8 ml is 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) and 5 ml (1 tsp).

Tylenol brand came out with a version of this. The problem was that there were some reports of a small plastic part on the syringe designed to limit flow was falling off into the bottle making the syringe unusable.

Because of this, Tylenol (which is made by US manufacturer McNeil) withdrew about 574,000 bottles last Friday. Stop using these if you have them.

Since 2009, J&J has recalled millions of bottles of Tylenol, Benadryl, Motrin and Zyrtec as a result of such problems as metal shavings found in medicines, incorrect levels of an active ingredient and bad odors. The recalls prompted J&J to shut down a factory and have cost it more than $1 billion in lost sales.

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