A couple of weeks ago, as I pulled a bottle of Children’s Motrin out of my medicine cabinet, I noticed that the orangish liquid inside was cloudy, partially separated (foamy lighter orange at the top and darker orange at the bottom), and just, well, not what I had seen so many times before. Instead of giving my child a dose for his fever, I set it aside and gave him Children’s Tylenol instead. After I soothed him to sleep, I contacted the company, stating that the bottle was just … not right, and they should know. They asked me to send it in in a mailer that they’d send out, and I agreed.
As so often happens, other concerns overtook this one, but the bottle was still out (of reach) when the mailer came. I snagged the coupon, put the bottle in the mailer, and didn’t think of it again — until I saw this announcement:
Put it aside. Don’t use it. They’re not clear about what we should do with it, exactly, but for now, all parents should take a moment and check their bottles for the lot number (the number on the bottle just above the word “Motrin” or “Tylenol”), and, if it matches a number on the press release, please don’t give it to your kids. Put it out of reach. As the company says, it could contain “a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles.”
Not cool, J&J.
But you know what is cool? The fact that they take the trouble to respond to consumer concerns (like mine), test the liquids that are sent back, and put out these voluntary recalls when there are concerns about some of the manufactured medicines.