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Major Recall of Tylenol Products Leaves Shortage

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By: Mike Zaman

Many of us remember the recent recall by Johnson & Johnson of several of its children’s medicines, including children and infant’s Tylenol and Motrin, and Benadryl. Approximately 135 million of these products were removed from stores shelves nationwide on April 30, 2010. What many probably did not realize is that supply of these medicines remains remarkably low…and will apparently remain that way through 2010 as announced by Johnson & Johnson Thursday.

The delay is largely due to Johnson & Johnson’s need to close its drug making division, McNeil Products, plant in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania after receiving a scathing inspection report from the Food & Drug Administration. The plant is not expected to reopen any time soon. Unfortunately for parents nationwide, the Fort Washington plant was responsible for making off of Johnson & Johnson’s medicine for children.

During this delay, parents will likely use generic versions of these medicines. The long-term effect on Johnson & Johnson’s bottom line is unknown, but it would be surprising if it didn’t take a major toll.

 

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