An Update on the McNeil Recall of Tylenol, Motrin and Zyrtec

If you've been wondering when infants' and children's liquid Tylenol, Motrin and Zyrtec would reappear on drugstore shelves, the answer is no time soon.

Today, I received a letter from McNeil Consumer Healthcare (Ironically addressed to Mrs. Bernstein, despite the fact that my husband was actually the one who spoke to McNeil on the phone to secure our refund!) to update me on the status of recalled products.

The gist of the letter is basically that they are "conducting a comprehensive quality review…and have identified corrective actions that we will take before we begin manufacturing at the plant where the recalled products were made" and that it take at least until the end of 2010 before they are able to begin selling these medications again.

They continue on to say that they know that there are other similar products available, and that parents should talk to their doctor or pharmacist out the best choice for their child and to follow the recommendations on the medication labels regarding appropriate age and dosage.

Will you be returning to the name-brand products when these products return to the shelves?  The jury's out in my house, where we are quite enjoying the lower prices and possible higher reliability of the generics…