Excessive Levels of Bacteria
Johnson & Johnson has recalled more than 2,000 tubes of Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion after US regulators found excessive bacteria in a product sample. The voluntarily recall affects the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas, where the tubes of baby lotion have been reported as having been sold. The mega-manufacturer says the recall represents “an abundance of caution,” and that harm from use of the product is remote. J&J said that while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration showed that a specific lot of Aveeno lotion "exceeded the specifications for common bacteria,” testing by an independent laboratory refuted that claim. Consumers who would like a refund or have questions about the recall should call 1-877-298-2525.
Goal Is to Reduce Liver Failure
In an effort to reduce the risk of liver failure, Johnson & Johnson is lowering the maximum daily dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol) from 4,000 to 3,000 milligrams. Acetaminophen is present in various prescriptions and over the counter medications to treat various kinds of pain and is also the top cause of liver failure which has been linked to about 200 overdose deaths and 56,000 ER visits. Acetaminophen is one of many Johnson & Johnson products that ended up on a recall list over the last couple of years. Earlier this year the FDA halved the maximum amount of acetaminophen in prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Percocet. Similar changes are planned for other Tylenol products and other manufacturers will likely change their labeling to reflect these new recommendations.
Moldy or Musty Smell
Forty thousand bottles of the brand name and generic formulas of Risperdal (risperidone) used to treat schizophrenia have been recalled by its manufacturer Johnson & Johnson due to complaints of a foul odor. This is the same odor that forced a recall of the pharmaceutical giant’s pain medicines Tylenol and Motrin, Benadryl for allergies one year earlier. The company says that the odors linked to some the more recent recalls are likely due to a small amount of a compound called TBA which is not toxic but produces a musty or moldy odor. Transient gastrointestinal problems were also reported in patients who took the smelly drugs. Johnson & Johnson has been dealing with quality-control issues since late 2009 and is being closely monitored by federal officials.
Detects Single Cancer Cell
Johnson & Johnson along with Boston scientists who invented a blood test that can detect a single cancer cell are working to bring the test to doctors' offices. It will also be used at four cancer centers who are conducting studies with the test beginning this year. When cancer cells are found in the blood, it is a sign that the cancer has spread. Knowing this allows doctors to get enough of a sample without the pain of a traditional biopsy so they quickly determine what treatment is best for a patient and if a current treatment is working. Dr. Daniel Haber, chief of Massachusetts General Hospital's cancer center and co-inventor of the test refers to it as “. . .a liquid biopsy.” The blood is spread on a microchip designed to make cancer cells stick and glow with a certain stain.
Recall over Warning Location
Johnson and Johnson is recalling 9 million bottles of Tylenol products because there's no warning on the front of the bottle telling consumers that the product contains less than 1 percent of alcohol in the product flavoring. The warning about the trace amounts of alcohol is present on the back of the bottle, reports MSNBC. The recall affects a trio of Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom liquid products. Johnson and Johnson says that they've seen no side effects due to the use of the alcohol in the product flavorings, and people using the formulations may continue to do so. Over the past year, more than 200 million Tylenol products have been recalled for various quality control issues.
Moldy Smell to Blame
The Johnson and Johnson Company’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit has expanded a recall of over-the-counter medications to include four lots of Benadryl allergy tablets and one lot of Extra Strength Tylenol gel pills in response to customer complaints of a moldy smell. The company said the smell is due to contamination from a chemical byproduct found in wooden transport pallets and that, while risk of serious medical problems is remote, people should stop using the products. These “products were inadvertently omitted” from a previous recall. The company is under scrutiny by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform due to an earlier recall of Motrin, Zyrtec, Benadryl and Children’s Tylenol. For refund requests, call 888-222-6036 or visit http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com.