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Faulty Dosing Device Prompts Recall of Infants' Tylenol

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Feb. 17 (HealthDay News) -- A potentially faulty dosing system on bottles of Infants' Tylenol has prompted McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson, to recall all of the product.

The voluntary recall comes in response to some consumer complaints about the product's so-called SimpleMeasure dosing system, which dispenses measured doses of the medication.

The system includes a dosing syringe that an adult inserts into the cover at the top of the bottle. It's supposed to limit the amount of Tylenol that can be delivered in a single dose, according to the company.

In some cases, inserting the syringe pushed this "flow restrictor" into the bottle.

"Parents can continue to use the product as long as the flow restrictor is in place," Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Bonnie Jacobs said. "If the flow restrictor does push into the bottle, then they should stop using it and contact us."

According to the company, there have been no adverse events reported due to the problem, "and the risk of a serious adverse medical event is remote."

Jacobs said she didn't know when Infants' Tylenol would be available again. "We're conducting a full review to determine why it's not performing as expected. We are looking at different options," she said.

The recall affects only Infants' Tylenol. Children's Tylenol, which is for use by children 2 years of age and older, remains on the market, Jacobs said.

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For more information, visit Johnson & Johnson.

SOURCE: Bonnie Jacobs, spokeswoman, Johnson & Johnson

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