RECALL: Metal pieces found in generic versions of Tylenol

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted November 10, 2006


Over 11 million bottles of acetaminophen (generic versions of Tylenol) have been recalled after tiny metal fragments were discovered in the pills of some bottles.  The pain relievers were sold with store-branded labels, including: Wal-Mart, Safeway, CVS and over 100 others.

>>RESOURCES:  FDA List of Stores that Sold

The recall was initiated after metal pieces were found to have contaminated bottles produced over the past three years.  The bits of metal ranged in size, with some pieces as big as a 1/3 inch portion of wire.  Some of the bottles were sold over three years ago, with expiration dates ranging from September 2006 through August 2009.  All bottles were manufactured by Perrigo, Co.

It is unclear whether serious injuries have been caused by the metal in these pills.  The FDA indicated that individuals who swallowed contaminated pills may have experienced stomach discomfort or cuts in the mouth and throat.  However, as this information is heard by individuals who have used the product over the past three years, it is possible that serious injuries which were previously a mystery may be reported.

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