Recalls Plague the Tylenol Brand
How much bad news can one brand’s reputation take, even
if that brand turns out to be one that millions of people have relied on for
Johnson & Johnson
has been forced over the past year to recall 53 million bottles of Tylenol
and other over-the-counter medicines it manufactures due to musty or moldy
odors. Now, the company announced it was recalling another 128,000 bottles
of Tylenol for the same reason.
A Reuters report said the recalled product,
identified by a J&J
spokesperson as eight-hour caplets in the 50-count size, were manufactured
in March at the company’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare plant in Fort Washington,
PA. The company shut down the plant in April after inspectors with the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration found problems with its quality control procedures.
said the voluntary recall was “taken as a precaution and the risk
of adverse medical events is remote.” The company said the musty odor
to be caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole” found
in wood pallets used to transport and store packing materials.
Discussion Question: Do you think the Tylenol brand been permanently damaged
as a result of a series of recalls over the past year? Has the company acted
aggressively enough to remove all potential problem products from the supply
- Musty odor sparks another Tylenol recall – Reuters
- McNeil Consumer Healthcare Announces Voluntary Recall of One Product Lot of
Tylenol 8 Hour Caplets 50 Count Sold in the United States and Puerto Rico – McNeil