Nearly 128,000 bottles of Tylenol have been recalled by manufacturer Johnson & Johnson after consumers reported a moldy odor in the product. This is just the latest in a long string of over-the-counter medication recalls by J&J for similar problems. The company is currently facing a congressional investigation into its quality control standards after a spate of recalls that have involved a wide variety of its products, including Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and children’s versions of these products. Johnson & Johnson has recalled tens of millions of over the counter products in the past year.
This latest lot of Tylenol was made at J&J’s Fort Washington, Penn., plant, which is responsible for products involved in many of the other recalls. The plant was just down in April and inspected by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. The facility was cited for numerous quality control violations. The plant is operated by Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil consumer Healthcare unit.
According to J&J information, the latest recall involves Tylenol 8-hour caplets 50 count bottles. The lot number is BCM155 and UPC Code is 3 0045-0297-51 8.
While no injuries have been reported with these recalls, Johnson & Johnson’s public image has suffered. A poll of consumers showed Tylenol products dropping almost 200 places in confidence rankings.
In addition to its pharmaceutical woes, Johnson & Johnson is facing another round of problems from its DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary. In August, DePuy announced a recall on hip replacement parts after studies proved people who received the parts had much higher than normal rates of repeat surgeries due to problems with the parts. The recall is expected to affect 93,000 people.
The hits just keep on coming for a company that was once one of the most trusted brand names in America.