Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets Pulled

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Smell your Tylenol before you pop that pill.  All product lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles sporting the colorful red EZ-OPEN CAP have been pulled from the shelves as a precautionary measure (UPC# 0045-0838-21, CODE# 8382100).

McNeil Consumer Healthcare recalled five lots of this particular product in November because of reported odd musty, moldy, or mildew-like odors that were associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a notice on their website expanding the original recall.

Only the above-mentioned Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 with the red EZ-OPEN CAP is of concern.  All other Tylenol Arthritis Pain medication is readily available.  McNeil Consumer Healthcare said the same but improved caplet should be available in January 2010.

According to McNeil, the unusual smell is attributed to trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole.  The source is thought to be the result of a chemical breakdown when used to treat wooden pallets, which store and transport packaging materials.  The health effects of this composition have not been extensively researched but McNeil claims adverse reactions have been temporary and not serious.

Consumers should stop using this specific product immediately and contact McNeil for refund or replacement instructions.  Call 1-888-222-6036 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time or log on to www.tylenol.com.

Persons with questions or medical concerns should contact their healthcare provider and also report adverse reactions to the FDA’s MedWatch Program at 1-800-FDA-0178 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.