AHN: New York, NY, United States -- Johnson & Johnson has increased the scope of a recall related to some of its over-the-counter medications. The announcement on Friday is the second in less than a month and has prompted federal officials to blast the company for not taking measures to investigate sooner.
The pharmaceutical giant is reporting the recall was initiated by reports of a moldy smell that has sickened some users.
Friday's recall was expanded to include some batches of regular and extra-strength Tylenol, children's Tylenol, eight-hour Tylenol, Tylenol arthritis, Tylenol PM, children's Motrin, Motrin IB, Benadryl, Rolaids, Simply Sleep, and St. Joseph's aspirin.
Company officials said caplet and geltab products sold in the Americas, the United Arab Emirates, and Fiji are being recalled.
In November, Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare Products recalled some Tylenol Arthritis Caplets due to customer complaints of nauseating smell, stomach pains and diarrhea.
The Food and Drug Administration sent McNeil a warning letter on Friday for violating manufacturing standards and failing to report and investigate the problem quickly. Reportedly, McNeil knew since September 2008 of the foul odor associated with its products but didn't initiate a recall until November 2009.
A list of the lot numbers of the recalled products can be found at www.fda.gov.
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