Friday, August 13, 2010

McNeil products are still missing from shelves after recalls

It has been a long summer, since many of McNeil's products including Tylenol, Benadryl, Motrin and Children's Zyrtec were recalled at the end of April. The products can still not be found on store shelves and I haven't been able to figure out when they will be reappearing. Thankfully, there are lots of generic versions of these medicines, which we have stocked up on. My daughter takes Zyrtec every day. It seems to be the only thing that helps her with her seasonal allergies. We have sampled almost every drug store version of Zyrtec and finally, we have landed on one that she likes. (Remember, she is only 5 and if it tastes bad it is war trying to get her to drink it.) Costco's version seems to be the best... children's Aller-tec. And they sell it in two bottle packages, which is perfect for us. If you do not happen to have a Costco membership and would like to get some, I have noticed that other online companies like Amazon also sell it.

We are also thankful that there are so many generic versions of Benadryl, as we are about to update our school emergency medication bags. We have not done a full spectrum taste test, but the version from Target seems to work fine with my kids. Since we do not have to take this as frequently, taste is less important.

I have to say that this recall has made me really question all of McNeil's products. It is pretty scary when one drug company has so much control over the market. Especially, as a parent of vulnerable children. But the reality is that we do rely on these types of medications to get us through the rough spots. (Allergic reactions, rashes, fevers.) Hopefully they will work out their issues and be back to business soon. But for now, we are happy to sample the generic offerings of other companies. And grateful that they are even there.

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