Saturday, May 1, 2010

Medication recall

You read this:
The McNeil Consumer Healthcare Unit of Johnson & Johnson has voluntarily begun a recall of certain children's over-the-c0unter liquid medicines because of manufacturing deficiencies, the Food and Drug Administration said Saturday.

The deficiencies may affect the potency, purity or quality of products, the agency said in a statement.

Consumers should stop using certain lots of infants' and childrens' Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl products because some of them may contain too much of the active ingredient, McNeil said in a statement late Friday. Other products may contain tiny particles or inactive ingredients that may not meet testing requirements, the company said.

... and you have questions swirling around in your mind.
  1. What standards are in place to ensure quality control?
  2. Why couldn't they have discovered these deficiencies before the medications hit the stores?
  3. What exactly are these "tiny particles or inactive ingredients that may not meet testing requirements?"
  4. What medications are we taking today that will be recalled tomorrow?

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