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Tylenol Ez-Open Cap Recall

On December 18, 2009 McNeil consumer Healthcare announced an expansion of its recall of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets 100 count bottles with EZ-OPEN CAP to include all available lots. It had previously recalled only five lots of the defective drug. The recalled bottles have a red cap.

The recall was issued due to complaints from consumers of an unpleasant odor and gastrointestinal symptoms. The odor is described as musty, mildew-like, or moldy. Symptoms associated with taking the recalled drug include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain

Contamination by a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA) causes the odor. TBA is also one of the substances responsible for cork taint, a common problem in the wine industry.

TBA is byproduct of interaction between fungi or bacteria with a substance called 2,4,6- tribromophenol (TBP). TBP is used as a fungicide, antiseptic, wood preservative, and fire retardant. Materials used to package the recalled Tylenol are stored and transported on wooden pallets. These wooden pallets and the substance they were treated with are believed to be the source of the problem.

The health effects of TBA are not well-known. McNeil says reports it has received of illness caused by the recalled medication have not been serious and the effects were temporary.

If you have Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets affected by the recall, please do not use them even if they do not seem to have a strange odor. Individuals’ sense of smell is not a reliable indicator of contamination with TBA.

If you have taken the recalled Tylenol or any other product that was later discovered to be defective or dangerous in any way, please contact the experienced defective drug attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton. We have offices in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Wisconsin and Iowa.

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