Johnson & Johnson expands Tylenol, Benadryl recall

Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare has added five lots of its popular over-the-counter drugs, Benadryl and Tylenol, to its recall list and is offering consumers refunds or product coupons.

The company says in a statement that the lots were "inadvertently omitted from the initial recall." While it claims the risk of getting sick from the recalled medicine is "remote," McNeil is telling consumers to stop using the medicine in those lots -- all were made before the Jan. 15 recall. The recall was prompted by consumer complaints of vomiting, diarrhea and of a foul smell that has been traced to a chemical used on wood pallets used in shipping.

The new recall involves four lots of Benadryl Allergy Ultratab Tablets, 100-count bottles and a lot of Tylenol Extra Strength Rapid Release Gelcap, 50-count bottles. The lot numbers can be found on the side of the bottle label. Benadryl lots are AJA008, ADA194, ABA022 and ABA264. The Tylenol lot is ASA202.

All of the lots were sold in the United States and the Tylenol lot was also sold in Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago.

To get a refund or coupon, go to and fill out the form. The company may call to verify information. Consumers can also call 888-222-6036 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The offer for a refund or coupon is also good for products on the list of pediatric products that McNeil recalled in April. You can read more about that recall on Consumer Ally.
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