The popular over the counter painkiller Tylenol® has been the subject of recalls due to quality and manufacturing problems. Since 2009, McNeil Consumer Products/Janssen (subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson) has recalled different formulations of Tylenol® worldwide for a variety of problems that could affect patient health including in some cases liver failure. Elevated levels of acetaminophen above the dosage listed on labeling have been documented in some of the formulations, increasing the risks.

Consumers are advised to discontinue use of Tylenol if there is an unusual odor or if the lot number is included on this list of Johnson & Johnson recalled products. Although the recalled products have been removed from stores, consumers may still have previously purchased Tylenol.

A new investigation on the dangers of Tylenol and the manufacturer’s downplaying the risks

ProPublica has just released an in-depth study of Tylenol and what consumers should know. The Pulitzer prize-winning independent, non-profit newsroom pursuing investigative journalism produced the September, 2013 study in collaboration with the syndicated program “This American Life.” To learn more and listen to the “This American Life” segment, see the Harman Law Firm blog post “ProPublica on Tylenol: Use Only As Directed.

Recalled Tylenol

If you have one of the recalled products, keep the intact bottle, box, or blister pack with the lot number and expiration date visible. Also keep any remaining product.

If you have experienced side effects including liver failure or abnormal liver enzymes during or after taking Tylenol®, call our office immediately at (404) 554-0777 or contact us online to learn more about your legal rights and potential compensation for injury.