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Update: McNeil Product Recall

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

I received an email update from McNeil Consumer Healthcare in reference to the liquid Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl recalls that occurred earlier this spring.  

As you are all well aware, these name brand products have been recalled due to “quality control” issues within the McNeil production facilities in Pennsylvania that produced all of these children’s medications.  Due to this, McNeil announced “we do not anticipate having sources of supply for most of these medicines before the end of the year.”

Despite the recall of these products, there are generic versions of all of these medications,  Tylenol (acetaminophen), Motrin (ibuprofen), Zyrtec (cetirizine), Benadryl (diphenyhdramine) available.

For a few weeks I heard from patients that the pharmacy aisles were empty and that they could not find generic version of the drugs. This seemed especially true of the fever and pain reducing medications, acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

It is especially important to make sure that you are buying the age appropriate generic products and that you read the dosing guidelines for all of these medications , as infant’s concentrated drops are different from children’s liquid suspensions.

Several parents brought products to my office and actually had purchased inappropriate products for their children’s age. Remember to dose your children’s OTC medications based on their weight rather than age, and get a dosing chart from your pediatrician to have handy.

With summer viral season in full swing and those pesky enteroviral infections causing a lot of fevers it is important to re-iterate appropriate fever control.  I always prefer to begin fever control with an acetaminophen product, especially in infant’s. Acetaminophen is given every 4 hours.

Ibuprofen may also be used to control fevers and make your child more comfortable, but it should be used in older infants and children, especially in those who’s fever does not respond to acetaminophen. Ibuprofen is given at  every 6 hour intervals.

So, this update was a good reminder that generic products are comparable and are available for the recalled McNeil products. Don’t look for any new McNeil products until the New Year, so throw out those coupons that expire before year end!

That’s your daily dose for today.  We’ll chat again tomorrow.

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