Not just Tylenol and Motrin: Drug recalls skyrocketing

Drug recalls on the rise.
Drug recalls on the rise.

Recalls of Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl might have received the most attention, but they were just part of the story as recalls of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs quadrupled in 2009, and are on track to hit alarming heights in 2010.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported more than 1,742 drug recalls last year, exploding from the 426 reported in 2008, according to a CNNMoney.com report citing the Gold Sheet, an industry publication that analyzes FDA data.

Although drug repackager Advantage Dose accounted for more than 1,000 of the recalls in 2009, recalls still leapt by 50%, even when excluding that now-defunct company.