Last May we were excited to announce the changes to acetaminophen (Tylenol brand and others) concentration and packaging that are intended to make acetaminophen safer and easier to use. Ironically, it is these very changes that are triggering Johnson and Johnson to recall ALL their Infants’ Tylenol in the US. The new packaging that is designed to prevent a child taking the Tylenol on his own and improve ease of dosing for parents has malfunctioned in 17 reported cases. The internal cover is being accidentally pushed into the bottle by parents, negating the new safety features. See a video of the new packaging and correct use here: http://www.youtube.com/tylenol.
There are no problems with the Tylenol medication itself and bottles that have not malfunctioned can continue to be used. If you have a package that has been recalled you can go to Tylenol.com for information about obtaining a refund. You’ll also notice that Infants’ Tylenol will be gone from the shelves (again) with no word as to when it will be back. Children’s Tylenol and generic infants’ acetaminophen products continue to be safe to use. If in doubt, ask your pharmacist to direct you to a safe product.
Has anyone used the new packaging? I still have the old concentration in my medicine cabinet. I have to wonder if this problem is Johnson and Johnson’s fault or if it’s really more of a user error problem, or maybe a little of both. What do you think?