I guess it goes without saying that one takes medicine to, you know, feel better and all the more if you’re taking something like ibuprofen for relief from pain.
So what would you say if your pain relief meds contained something extra? And what if that something extra was — metal shavings?
The May 27th New York Times reports that Michigan-based Perrigo has been issued a warning letter from the F.D.A. about ‘significant manufacturing violations,’ namely, the aforementioned ibuprofen tablets contaminated with metal shavings.
Perrigo also supplies drugstore equivalents of children’s medicines, such as liquid Tylenol, to pharmacy chains like CVS and Walgreens. It was just last month that more than 40 varieties of liquid pediatric Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec made by McNeil Consumer Healthcare — a unit of Johnson & Johnson — were recalled, as the medicine may have “contained metal particles, too much of the active drug ingredient or inactive ingredients that did not meet testing requirements.”
You can find information about the recalled products at the website created by the company.
Consumers were advised to seek out generic equivalents to such brand name over-the-counter drugs — in other words, they were told to seek out drugs made by the likes of Perrigo.
In the FDA letter, Perrigo was cited for shipping defective drug products. Even though its Allergan, Michigan, plant had identified “certain ibuprofen tablets as being contaminated with metal shavings,” a portion of the pills were still shipped before the entire lot was recalled — not exactly the sort of “quality control” one would like to hear about.
Also worth noting, back in 2006, Perrigo recalled some 11 million bottles of acetaminophen because of what was found in some caplets: metal particles “ranging from a speck to 8-millimeter pieces of wire.”
And just the day before, the New York Times reported on a Congressional investigation that found that some 40 herbal dietary supplements (including, for instance, a product containing ginkgo biloba) contained “trace amounts of lead and other contaminants.”
Not sure what to say when the products we take to make ourselves — and our children — “feel better”, contain the last sort of things we’d want in our — and their — bodies.
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