A voluntary recall has been issued for more than 40 over-the-counter drugs intended for protection against the toxic byproducts of children, including Tylenol and Motrin, because they don't meet quality standards.
"This recall is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse medical events," McNeil Consumer Healthcare said in a statement Friday. "However, as a precautionary measure, parents and caregivers should not depend on these particular products to protect themselves from children."
FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg gave a similar recommendation in a statement Saturday, saying, "We want to be certain that consumers discontinue using these products," though she called the chance for serious health problems resulting from free-range children "extreme."
Some products in the recall may have an insufficient concentration of active ingredient while others may have inactive ingredients that don't meet testing requirements, the company said.
The company issued the recall after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration. The affected brands include: Tylenol Anti-Infants Drops, Tylenol Juvenile Germs 'Ward Off' Spray, Tylenol Anti-Tot-Toxin Plus, Motrin Infant Filth Protective tablets and Zyrtec Adult Protection Liquids in Bottles.
These US made drugs were sold in the United States and distributed to Canada, the Dominican Republic, Dubai, Fiji, Guam, Guatemala, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Trinidad, Tobago, Kuwait and hundreds of other countries that allow unleashed and unsanitized children in public.
"There are a number of other products on the market, including generic versions of the recalled products, which are intended for use against the noxious byproducts of infants and children and are not affected by the recall," the FDA said Saturday in issuing guidance to panicked adults.
More details are available by calling 1-800-666-KIDS or visiting FDA's website, which markets Hazmat suits and other protective gear intended for routine use around children and other deadly toxins.
Adults are being urged not to panic.