Johnson & Johnson is taking all infant Tylenol off the shelves in the United States due to problems some parents have experienced with the new bottle design. The new design, introduced about three months ago, was intended to be seen as an improvement in safety by making the measuring process easier.
The bottle redesign received an unexpected reaction when 17 caregivers complained that the cover on top of the bottle was not functional. Consumers have claimed that the cover, which is intended to limit the amount of medicine that is drawn into a plastic syringe, pushes the protective cover into the bottle when inserted into the plastic syringe.
According to Johnson and Johnson, approximately 574,000 bottles of grape-flavored liquid Infants’ Tylenol were recalled from stores. This recall is one of about 25 since September 2009.
A McNeil spokeswoman stated that the company is looking for a way to correct the redesign, but that it is too soon to say if the product will return to shelves. McNeil is part of the consumer health business segment at Johnson & Johnson.
According to Johnson & Johnson, there have yet to be any reports of anyone being harmed.
For additional information about the Infant Tylenol recall, view the Tylenol News Release