Johnson & Johnson is back in the headlines after its McNeil Consumer Healthcare division announced that it is recalling 574,000 bottles of its grape-flavored liquid infant Tylenol following a series of complaints.
This is the second time in two months that the renowned manufacturer has had to recall infant Tylenol in the U.S. following complaints about the product dosing syringe which is designed to assist users in safely measuring the quantity that a child consumes, according to the New York Post.
Despite complaints that the Tylenol Simple Measure dosing system's flow restrictor was difficult to use, McNeil has urged parents not to panic if they have not experienced problems, which critics have blasted as irresponsible.
Just last month it was revealed that the parents of a 2-year-old boy are suing Johnson & Johnson for willful and reckless conduct, after the recommended dose of the company's infant Tylenol killed him.
Johnson & Johnson admitted that the Tylenol, which is designed to reduce fevers, which had been consumed by the child was in fact part of a recalled batch.
"Some of the products included in the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles," Johnson & Johnson said in a statement.
The company has had an increasing number of product recalls in recent years including 717,696 bottles or packages of Tylenol Arthritis Gel-Tabs, Tylenol Sinus, Tylenol 8-Hour, Benadryl Allergy Sinus Headache and Sudafed PE Cold/Cough Multisymptom, which cost Johnson & Johnson approximately $900 billion during 2010 alone, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Johnson & Johnson insists that the liquid medicine is in no way tainted but they are proceeding with a recall simply because the measuring system is faulty, which makes the product highly unsafe.
The affected product is Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension (1-ounce bottles), which includes the following lots: BIL0U00, BIL0V00, BIL3500, BJL2D00, BJL2E00, BJL2T00 and BJL2U00.
The company is expected to issue refunds to those who have purchased products that are being recalled.