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Mylanta, AlternaGel Recalled for Packaging Error

| Dec 2, 2010

Adding to the more than 200 million bottles of medicine recalled in the past year, Johnson & Johnson is recalling 12 million bottles of Mylanta and nearly 85,000 bottles of AlternaGel liquid antacid for a packaging error on the products.

Mylanta and AlternaGel liquid antacid contain concentrations of less than 1 percent alcohol that is not mentioned on their packaging, the company announced Wednesday, according to news reports .

While the company said it is "unlikely that use of these products will cause either alcohol absorption or alcohol sensitivity adverse events," it decided to issue the voluntary recall and require wholesalers and retail outlets to clear their shelves of the products.

Consumers do not need to take any action with this recall because it affects only the wholesale and retail levels, which are required to clear their shelves of the products.

As a North Charleston personal injury lawyer , I'm glad to hear that the product was recalled before it was linked to any deaths or injuries. The packaging error is one of many for health conglomerate giant Johnson & Johnson. Last week, the company recalled 9 million bottles of Tylenol because packaging did not adequately inform customers about the presence of trace amounts of alcohol. In the past year, more than 200 million bottles of Johnson & Johnson products have been recalled, including painkillers Tylenol and Motrin, allergy treatment Benadryl and Rolaid antacid.

I hope the company can look at all these errors and find a way to prevent them in the future.

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