What if the medicine you were giving your young child to lower her fever actually injured her? That’s the risk that Florida parents are taking when they give their children certain lots of Infant Motrin. The medicine’s manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, has recalled 200,000 bottles of the medicine because of the risk that they contain specks of plastic.
The defective products include three lots of Motrin Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor – DDB4S01, DCB3T01 and DDB4R01. The medicine – which is used to relieve fever, aches and pains in those under age 2 – has not affected anyone thus far. In fact, Johnson & Johnson is not even sure that the Infant Motrin contains the plastic. PTFE – used in Teflon – was found at the same manufacturing plant, but in a different product. Both products contain ibuprofen and Johnson & Johnson issued the recall to be safe.
The product is being taken off the shelves of retail stores across the country. Those who have purchase Infant Motrin with the affected lot numbers should discontinue use and request a refund from the company by calling 1-877-414-7709.
This is not the first time Johnson & Johnson has issued recalls in recent history. So far, the company has recalled blood glucose meters, hip implants, oral contraceptives, K-Y Jelly and Children’s Tylenol. Johnson & Johnson has issued close to 40 product recalls since 2009.
Product liability issues can be very serious. It is very fortunate that nobody has died or become injured or ill from the plastic specks. Companies should exercise better control over their products to reduce the chance of this type of manufacturing mistake occurring in the future.
Manufacturers have a duty to create products that can be safely used by consumers. When these products become defective, the manufacturer can be held liable for any injuries or deaths. If you were injured by a product, contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your next steps.
CBS Los Angeles, “J&J recalls Infant Motrin due to tiny specks” No author given, Sep. 07, 2013