Ten years into menopause, vaginal dryness is the number one complaint. And it affects millions of younger women as well. Earlier this month, J&J (Johnson and Johnson) was asked to recall over 69,000 units of its K-Y Liquibeads products after receiving over 200 complaints from consumers between June 25, 2010 and Dec. 12, 2011. It seems the product is not dissolving and/or has an uncharacteristic consistency or texture.
A spokeswoman for the company said the recall wasn’t unsafe and does not affect other types of K-Y vaginal moisturizers. Consumers do not need to return any of the products.
“K-Y Liquibeads is being recalled from retailers and wholesalers to address the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s concerns that the product should be cleared under a separate medical device application,” the company said in a statement earlier this month. “We are moving forward with the process to obtain clearance for the product.”
K-Y Liquibeads had been sold as part of an application for an existing K-Y product. The FDA determined that the Liquibead product needed a separate medical device application. At the time, McNeil (a subsidiary of JNJ) said it would take whatever steps were necessary to address FDA’s concerns. This is all part of a larger manufacturing problem that J&J has been having.
So if you go to the drugstore looking for Liquibeads and it’s no longer on the shelves, consider Replens. It offers women a safe, effective solution to vaginal dryness and has received the FDA’s 510(k) clearance, a requirement many companies have not met. Replens is estrogen-free and long-lasting and has been clinically tested and shown to be as effective as vaginal estrogen, about which so many health questions have been raised.
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