Unknown Neuroprotective Effect
The risk of developing Parkinson’s, a neurological disease that results in tremors and difficulty in moving in people mostly over 50, may be reduced by 27 percent by taking the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) ibuprofen. When compared to other NSAIDs such as aspirin and acetaminophen men and women who took ibuprofen at least two times a week had a 38 percent decreased risk of developing Parkinson’s. Ibuprofen is better known as Advil, Motrin and Nuprin on store shelves. Researchers have no clue as to how ibuprofen protects against the central nervous system disease, they do believe it has a neuroprotective effect. The complete study, which was conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health, can be found in the journal Neurology.
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.
Infant and Children Meds Recall
McNeil Consumer Healthcare, working with the FDA, has voluntarily recalled infant and children’s liquid medicines because of manufacturing deficiencies possibly affecting quality, purity or potency. Certain liquid products for children and infants were part of the recall, including some Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl products. The FDA recommends using generic versions of the products and asking your pharmacist for more details. They caution parents against dispensing adult strength medicine to their children. Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret A. Hamburg indicated that the potential for serious health problems associated with the recall is remote, but consumers deserve the highest quality.