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Tylenol Recall: Moldy Smell Prompts Recall of 60,000 Bottles

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By Admin on July 01, 2011 10:05 AM

A Tylenol recall has been issued for about 60,912 bottles of the drug.

Johnson & Johnson announced the recall this week after reports of a musty or moldy smell that accompanied the drug, reports the Associated Press.

Similar odors have previously been linked to "2,4,6-tribromoanisole" or TBA. TBA is a byproduct of some preservatives that are sometimes used when shipping Tylenol. TBA is also linked to temporary and some other non-serious gastrointestinal problems, the AP reports.

Exposure to TBA can cause a temporary upset stomach.

Tylenol recalls are not uncommon. Since 2009, Johnson & Johnson has issued nearly two dozen recalls for various drugs, including Tylenol and Motrin. The reasons for the recalls have been varied as well, ranging from the presence of contaminants, odors, and other packaging issues, according to the AP.

How do you know if the Tylenol recall affects your bottle? Check the product lot number, which can be found on the bottle's label. The lot number that has been recalled is ABA619300450444271, reports the AP. So far, the recall only affects this one particular lot of Tylenol which was made in February 2009, reports the Boston Globe.

The most recent Tylenol recall, in conjunction with the company's multitude of recalls in recent years, has been a reputational hit against the drug company. It has also cut down on its profit and stock prices, reports the AP.

For more instructions on how to get a refund, call McNeil, Johnson & Johnson's Healthcare Unit, at 1-888-222-6036 or visit their website at www.tylenol.com. Customers may also get a product coupon.

Customers who have Tylenol Extra Strength bottles that are subject to the recall should stop using the pills immediately.

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