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Tylenol Extra Strength Capsules pulled from shelves

According to the Associated Press, Johnson & Johnson announced Tuesday that they would need to recall Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets which had trace amount of chemicals in the bottles which was leading to a "musty, moldy odor".

The recalled products are part of the Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets batches which were made and distributed in February of 2009. According to the article, the recall totals 60,912 bottles, each of which has 225 caplets. The recalled Tylenol Extra Strength product number can be found on the side of the bottle label (ABA619 300450444271).

Complaints about the pill’s odor have been documented previously and according to the company spokesman it has been traced back to a chemical called "2,4,6-tribromoanisole” which the company claims can be a byproduct of a chemical preservative that may have been used in the shipping pallets.

Although the company does not believe there are any serious side-effects of the unpleasant odor, the chemical has been linked to non-serious, temporary gastrointestinal symptoms.

The recall of Tylenol is not the first product recall for the New Brunswick, New Jersey, based Johnson & Johnson. Johnson & Johnson have also had to recall other prescription medications, contact lenses, Adult Tylenol and Motrin and children’s Tylenol and Motrin. Joint replacement systems for the hip have also been recalled after they were used in surgery and were so painful that the patients generally needed corrective surgery to fix the issues.
According to the news report, recent recalls have been made for a variety of reasons including odd odors, packaging problems, contaminated syringes, and metal contaminates.

How has this affected Johnson & Johnson’s profits? The high profile product recalls have contributed to a decline of their profit and stock price, not to mention the harmful effects to the historically stellar reputation of the company.

The company said they have begun intense inspections of their more than 100 international plants and have begun to investment millions of dollars into improving manufacturing and ensuring that the production of their products will meet the expectations outlined by U.S. regulators.

Customers who have purchased the recalled bottle of Tylenol may contact the company for a full refund or product coupon. More information can also be found on Tylenol’s website at www.tylenol.com.

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