Eleven formulations of over-the-counter children's cold and allergy medicine are being recalled in Canada as part of a larger worldwide recall for failing to meet quality standards.
McNeil Consumer Healthcare said Saturday that all lots of Children's Motrin and Infant's Motrin liquid suspension products and Children's Tylenol Cough & Runny Nose liquid suspension products are being recalled. No other Canadian product is impacted, the company said in a release.
The company said the recall was issued, in consultation with Health Canada, because "these products may not fully meet the required manufacturing specifications."
In the United States, more than 40 over-the-counter kids medications under the brand names Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl are being recalled by the company, a subsidiary of pharmaceutical and health care giant Johnson & Johnson.
The affected products in Canada are:
• Infant's Motrin Suspension Drops Dye-Free, 30ml (DIN 02238626)
• Infant's Motrin Suspension Drops Dye-Free, 15ml (DIN 02238626)
• Children's Motrin Suspension Dye-Free, 120ml (DIN 02242365)
• Children's Motrin Suspension, 120ml (DIN 02242365)
• Children's Motrin Suspension Grape, 120ml (DIN 02242365)
• Children's Motrin Suspension Grape, 30ml (DIN 02242365)
• Children's Motrin Suspension Bubblegum, 120ml (DIN 02242365)
• Children's Motrin Suspension Tropical Punch, 120ml (DIN 02242365)
• Infant's Motrin Suspension for Fever due to Colds/Flu, 30ml (DIN 02238626)
• Children's Motrin Suspension for Fever due to Colds/Flu, 120ml (DIN 02242365)
• Children's Tylenol Cough & Runny Nose Suspension, 100ml (DIN 02292122)
Company spokeswoman Tina Peyregatt says no illnesses have been reported so far, and stresses no other infant's or children's Tylenol products are affected, nor are any medicines in tablet form.
"We want to make sure Canadians aren't concerned or panicking" about products that aren't on the recall list, she said, adding she doesn't expect the list to grow.
Customers should stop using the recalled products and contact the company at 1-888-222-6036 or visit www.jnjcanada.com for more information.
"The company is conducting a comprehensive quality assessment across its manufacturing operations and has identified corrective actions that will be implemented before new manufacturing is initiated at the U.S. plant where the recalled products were made," the company said.