The McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of Johnson & Johnson (scary how much conglomerates like Johnson & Johnson own–isn't it?!) just announced that they will be laying off about 300 employees at their Fort Washington, Pennsylvania factory as a result of all of the quality overhaul that is taking place.
I'm assuming that this is supposed to make customers feel better…but it doesn't really make me feel better–does it work for you? Now, on top of being worried about the quality of children's products, I also feel terrible about all those people who now have no jobs. How many of them are actually high up enough on the totem pole of Johnson & Johnson to suffer for this fiasco?
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.
There's nothing like signing on to your computer and finding out that the entire contents of your children's medicine cabinet has been recalled.
My 1 yr old, who has fever as a result of her Chicken Pox and MMR shots took Infant's Tylenol before bed an my 3.5 yr old takes Zyrtec every night before he goes to sleep. I'm not real thrilled right now, and am fighting the urge to bug the pediatrician at 11 o'clock at night.
For more information or to yell at the company for messing up again (?!) you can contact the company at 1-888-222-6036 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time,
and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time) or visit their website at www.mcneilproductrecall.com.