Foul Odor Leads to Recall of Multiple Drugs

Over reports of a foul smell and few cases of nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea, McNeil Consumer Healthcare has issued a recall of various drugs it had distributed. Last month as well, the group had recalled certain packages of Tylenol Arthritis over the same complaints, but now the recall has been expanded to include all the products that could have been possibly affected.

Te drugs that have been recalled were sold across the Americas, UAE and Fiji. Post a probe, McNeil determined that there was indeed an odor emitting, which had been described as "moldy or musty", and it had been a result of the chemical called
2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA), which is mostly found in wood pallets.

The company had stressed that the smell was a result of the fact that the chemical was present in the wood pallets that were used to transport the packaging materials that the medications are stored in.

Slight traces of the chemical have been found in some medicine samples that were tested.

Some of the drugs included in the recall are Children's and Adult Tylenol, Benadryl, Simply Sleep and Tylenol PM. A complete list, including lot numbers, is available on the US Food and Drug Administration's official website.

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