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40 children medications recalled by Johnson & Johnson

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, after consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, issued the recall of the medicines under the brand names Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl.

Over 40 formulations of over-the-counter kids medications have been recalled by the McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a sub division of Johnson & Johnson, in United States, Canada and 10 other countries, as they do not meet the required quality standards.

While some products were highly concentrated, others contained particles or an inactive ingredient that failed the internal testing requirements.

The recall has been issued because some of the drugs "may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified," while others may be tainted by particles, McNeil Consumer Healthcare said in a statement Friday.

Around 40 brands affected
McNeil Consumer Healthcare, after consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, issued the recall of the medicines under the brand names Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl.

The brands that were affected include: Tylenol Infants' Drops (7 different formulations), Children's Tylenol Suspensions (8 formulations), Children's Tylenol Plus Suspensions (9 formulations), Motrin Infants' Drops (3 formulations), Children's Motrin Suspensions (11 formulations), Children's Zyrtec Liquids in Bottles (5 formulations) and Children's Benadryl Allergy Liquids in Bottles (1 formulation).

The over-the-counter medicines affected by the recall are liquid as well as tablets, the company has confirmed

Manufactured in the U.S., the recalled drugs were extensively marketed in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Dubai, Fiji, Guam, Guatemala, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago and Kuwait.

"This recall is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse medical events," the company said. "However, as a precautionary measure, parents and caregivers should not administer these products to their children."

Manufactured in the U.S., the recalled drugs were extensively marketed in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Dubai, Fiji, Guam, Guatemala, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago and Kuwait.

Tylenol is used in a wide number of households in these countries, which has made parents worry about what to use now.

Consumers are advised to abstain from giving any of the formulations to their children.

Recall voluntary and not due to complaints
The recall is not being made on receiving complaints of side effects from the patients and users at all, claimed company officials.

"This recall is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse medical events," the company said. "However, as a precautionary measure, parents and caregivers should not administer these products to their children."

“The users who have already administered the recalled products to their kids not to worry as they are not necessarily harmful,” it added.

This is the second massive recall by the company, the first one being in last winter when various adult-grade smelling pills that had made many consumers fall sick were recalled by Johnson & Johnson.