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Motrin Infant Drops Recall

Warning to parents circulating via social media claims that infant pain reliever Motrin Infants' Drops, Original Berry Flavour, has been recalled.

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Brief Analysis
The product has indeed been recalled. In September 2013 maker Johnson & Johnson announced a recall of 200,000 bottles of the formula due to a risk that the bottles may contain tiny particles of plastic. According to the company, no injuries or illnesses related to the possible plastic contamination have been reported.

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Detailed Analysis

This message, which is circulating via social media outlets in the form of an image, warns parents that infant medicine Motrin Infants' Drops, Original Berry Flavour, has been recalled.  The message asks users to share the information as a warning to other parents.

The message does not include any details about why the product was recalled or when the recall was announced.

However, the product was indeed recalled in September 2013. A September 7, report notes:
Johnson & Johnson is recalling 200,000 bottles of Motrin Infants formula due to the risk that they contain tiny plastic particles.

J&J's McNeil unit said Friday that the recall affects three lots of its popular Motrin Infants' Drops Original Berry Flavor, which is used to lower fever and treat aches and pains in children 2 years old and younger. The company warned that the medicine may be contaminated with specs of PTFE, a plastic also used in Teflon coatings. No illnesses or injuries have been reported to date, according to the company.

A September 6, 2013 FDA press release also discusses the recall, noting:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 6, 2013 - McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. (“McNeil”) is voluntarily recalling at the retail level three lots, approximately 200,000 bottles, of Concentrated MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor 1/2 fl oz bottles distributed in the United States (see full product list below). This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). McNeil is asking retailers to remove the affected lots from store shelves, and is asking consumers to stop using and dispose of any product they may have that is included in this recall.

Thus, in this case, the message is factual and worth heeding. Unfortunately, however, recall warnings often tend to circulate for months or even years after the reason for the recall has been rectified and the product is safely back on shelves. And sometimes, incorrect or exaggerated information is included in such recall messages and this can significantly lessen their effectiveness.  It is therefore important to verify any product recall warnings you receive via a reliable source before sending them on.

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Last updated: October 7, 2013
First published: October 7, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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