Children's Tylenol recall: Are generics better?
This weekend's huge recall of 40 over the counter infant and children's liquid medicines from a division of Johnsons & Johnsons has caused a flurry of panic among parents.
For instance, some of the medicines have higher than normal quantities of the active ingredient, while others didn't meet testing standards. The company and the FDA say that the possibility for serious medical problems is "remote," but if you bought the recalled products, don't use them just in case, they warn.
It's the second Tylenol recall in recent months. Back in December, the maker of Tylenol Arthritis Pain medicine recalled that product because a moldy smell triggered nausea, dizziness and stomach pain.
With all the concern over the popular name brand, are people switching to generics? That's the question this NYT story asks, quoting wary parents and industry watchers who say the company's going to have to go the extra mile to regain consumers' trust.
Of course, generics are also cheaper, and for penny-pinchers, they've always been a good option. Besides, when it comes to the formulations, the active ingredients in generic drugs and name brands are the same, says the FDA.
What do you think? Would you rather buy generics?
For more info on the recall, and to get refund see McNeil's product recall site for contacts and instructions.