On February 17, 2012, McNeil Consumer Healthcare announced the voluntary recall of all grape-flavored Infant Tylenol products in the United States, due to problems with the new dosing system. Approximately 574,000 bottles are affected in this recall, according to Tylenol’s website. Infant Tylenol is an over-the-counter medication used to reduce fever and pain in infants younger than two years old.
Grape-Flavored Tylenol for Babies: The Problem
The recall is due to the new design of the dosing system. The makers of Tylenol redesigned the bottle to make it easier to measure an accurate dose, and to prevent accidental ingesting, but consumers have reported problems with the design.
In the previous design of the Tylenol bottle, once the cap was removed there was an open top where the medication could be easily spilled or accidentally ingested.
The new design included a flow restrictive device (a small hole in the top of the bottle) where the syringe was inserted into the bottle. This small hole was just big enough to fit the top part of the syringe in the bottle, resulting in a more accurate dose and reducing the chance that a child could accidentally swallow too much medication.
Unfortunately, some consumers have found that they can push the syringe past the flow restriction device. According to Tylenol, people can continue to use this product as long as the flow restrictive device is still in place, but if the syringe has been forced past the flow device, it should be returned to the company for a refund.
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