Safety Alerts & Recalls

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If you have purchased Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP from the lots included in this recall, you should stop using the product and discard any recalled product that you have. The affected Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count product lot numbers can be found on the side of the bottle label. You can contact McNeil for instructions for a refund or replacement and for information about how to return or dispose of the product. McNeil can be contacted by calling 1-888-222-6036 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time) or logging on to the internet at

If you have taken the recalled product and have medical concerns or questions, please contact your healthcare provider. Any adverse reactions may also be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Program by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at

Voluntary Recall of All Lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 Count Bottles

McNeil Consumer Healthcare (the makers of Tylenol) is voluntarily recalling all lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP. The company is carrying out this recall because they have received several consumer reports of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that was associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. The uncharacteristic smell is caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole. The source of 2,4,6-tribromoanisole is believed to be the breakdown of a chemical used to treat wooden pallets that transport and store packaging materials. The health effects of this compound have not been well studied. At this time, all of the cases reported to McNeil were temporary and non-serious.

This recall includes the following lot number of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP: 07CMC011, 07DMC022, 07DMC024, 07FMC032, 07FMC033, 07GMC038, 07GMC039, 07HMC045, 07HMC051, 07HMC053, 07JMC064, 07JMC069, 07JMC070, 07JMC071, 07XMC055, 07XMC058, 07XMC062, 08AMC002, 08AMC005, 08CMC026, 08DMC029, 08EMC037, 08EMC039, 08FMC044, 08FMC045, 08GMC050, 08GMC053, 08GMC063, 08GMC065, 08JMC103, 08JMC109, 08JMC110, 08JMC111, 08KMC124, 08KMC127, 08KMC131, 08KMC132, 08XMC093, 08XMC094, 08XMC095, 09AMC010, 09CMC041, 09EMC075, 09EMC079, 09EMC076, 09GMC096, 09GMC097, 09GMC099, 09JMC118, 09JMC126, 09KMC133, 09KMC134, 09XMC114, 09XMC116

Tylenol Arthritis Pain is a medication that contains the active ingredient acetaminophen. These recall actions do not apply to any other Tylenol product.

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Publication Date: 2009-12-29
Last Updated: 2009-12-29

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