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More Johnson and Johnson Recalls–Mylanta and Contact Lens Products

Posted Dec 01 2010 8:46pm

The Mylanta was not labeled properly and thus 12 million bottles get to make the journey back home and luckily this was not at the consumer level but rather at the distributor level so we don’t have to check lot numbers for those.  This is enough to give the company a lot gas relief and with all the recalls they might need it about now.  A couple months ago it was Listerine. 

The second article talks about the recalls for contact lenses and up to 100,000 of those have been recalled due to stinging eyes with the 1 Day Acuvue TruEye lenses but those products were sold outside the US.  I think by the time they are all done here their packaging and labels should be more than adequate as this process is costing a lot of money, not to mention the transportation charges, which the common carriers are probably liking at this point as they get round trip charges for the products.  Of course we remember the Tylenol that started all of this too.

I think they might get serious soon about some bar coding as when recalls reach the consumer level they are tough and the company suffers a loss of confidence when it occurs at this level. The Tweets want it and you can vote on the blog if you would like to scan with your cell phone to find recalls. 

Here’s another reiteration on my little campaign here on how to handle recalls and be sure and cast a vote on the poll if you would value being able to use your cell phone to find recalled drugs and devices immediately.  This is the answer for both devices and drugs and enables the consumer and would make it easier for the FDA to regulate compliance too, so everyone wins here.  BD

Microsoft Tags on CBS Early Show – Wake Up FDA, Pharma and Medical Device Companies –Scan Those Drugs, Medical Devices and Synchronize with an FDA Tag Data Base – Recalls, Theft Tracking and More….

NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson's consumer-product distress image worsened on Wednesday as the company recalled 12 million bottles of over-the-counter Mylanta and almost 85,000 bottles of its AlternaGel liquid antacid.

J&J said the actions, which it described as "wholesale and retail level" recalls, were taken because the presence of small amounts of alcohol from flavoring agents was not noted on product packaging.

NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson, which has been beset by product recalls, on Wednesday confirmed that it recalled nearly five times as many contact lenses as the 100,000 boxes it announced in August due to eye stinging. image

J&J said that in late October the recall of its 1 Day Acuvue TruEye lenses, which took place primarily in Japan, was expanded to a total of about 492,000 boxes.

The New Jersey-based global healthcare conglomerate, which claims to be striving for greater transparency in the wake of a series of image-damaging recalls of over-the-counter medicines, said it announced the expanded recall by press release only in Japan, where some 75 percent of the affected product was sold, leaving J&J investors largely in the dark.

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