Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has issued a voluntary recall for one of its infant pain reliever medications.
A press release from the New Jersey-based company Friday reported an estimated 200,000 of its "Concentrated MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor" products sold in the U.S., three lots of the 1/2 fl. oz. size, are being recalled for possibly containing plastic particles. The McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division, the maker of the product, in combination with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), has asked retailers to remove the product from shelves and told customers to immediately discontinue use.
According to the release, 1mm-sized plastic pieces were discovered during a different product’s manufacturing process. The particles, described as being the size of a “poppy seed,” reportedly originated from a third-party shipment of ibuprofen, an active ingredient used in the infant-targeted medication. “Out of an abundance of caution, McNeil is voluntarily recalling the three lots released to the market made with the same batch of active ingredient,” said the press release. “McNeil has worked with the third party to ensure that corrective measures are currently in place and are effective. “
Despite issuing the voluntary recall, the company claims no “adverse medical events” are expected to occur as a result because the particles are reportedly “non-toxic.” The company announced that other products, including children's and adult Motrin products as well as Motrin Drops Dye-Free Berry Flavor 1/2 fl. oz., are not included in the recall.
Consumers affected by the recalled products can received a refund or product coupon by calling 1-877-414-7709 or submitting a request online.
MOTRIN INFANTS’ DROPS 2013 RECALL:
Product: Concentrated MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor 1/2 fl. oz. bottles
National Drug Code (NDC): 50580-100-18
Lot codes: DCB3T01, DDB4R01, DDB4S01
UPC Code: 300450524157
Case UPC Code: 30300450524158