Benadryl Recall

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In March 2011, McNeil, a Johnson & Johnson company, issued a recall of Benadryl® Allergy Plus Sinus Headache Kapgels in 24 and 48-count packs. This was an extension of a January 2011 recall, and also included Tylenol® and Sudafed® products. The reason for the recall was improper cleaning of equipment used in manufacturing.

In April 2010, McNeil, initiated a recall of Benadryl® products due to a mildew odor. Some consumers of the affected lots reported digestive tract illnesses, such as nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. The odor stemmed from a chemical compound known as 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, which is used to treat the wood pallets that store stacks of over-the-counter medications during the manufacturing process.[1] In addition to multiple lots of Benadryl®, the recall includes Tylenol®, Motrin®, Zyrtec®, Rolaids® and St. Joseph's® Aspirin.

Concerned customers may contact the McNeil Consumer Healthcare Center at (888) 222-6036 or by e-mail. Any adverse reactions related to Benadryl products can be reported to the FDA MedWatch program at (800) FDA-0178.[2]


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Date of initial recall April 30, 2010
Originally released 1946[3]
Treats Allergy symptoms including sneezing, runny nose, itching[4]
Administration Taken by mouth as directed on product package[5]
Reason for recall Nausea, diarrhea and vomiting due to using the chemical, 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, to treat the wood pallets that store lots of the over the counter medications during the manufacturing process; improper cleaning of manufacturing equipment
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Author Susan MacDowell


2011 Benadryl Recalls

March 29, 2011 Benadryl® Recall

  • Benadryl® Allergy Plus Sinus Headache Kapgels 24 and 48 count
    • Lot Numbers: BAC008, BAC009
    • UPC Codes: 300450107480, 300450107244

January 14, 2011 Benadryl® Recall

  • Benadryl® Allergy and Cold Kapgels 24 count
    • Lot Numbers: ACC047, ACC048, ACC049, ACC050, ACC051, ACC052
    • UPC Code: 300450105240
  • Benadryl® Allergy Plus Cold Kapgels 24 count
    • Lot Numbers: AEC061, AEC062, AEC063, AEC067, AEC068, AEC069, AFC090, AJC106, ALC106, AMC119, AMC120, AMC121
    • UPC Code: 300450105240
  • Benadryl® Allergy Plus Sinus Headache Kapgel 24 count
    • Lot Numbers: AFC076, AFC077, AFC078, AFC079, AFC089, AHC093, AHC094, AJC100, AJC104, AJC105, ALC110, BAC021, BCC026, BCC027, BCC028
    • UPC Code: 300450107244
  • Benadryl® Allergy Plus Sinus Headache Kapgel 24 count 48 count
    • Lot Number: AJC101
    • UPC Code: 300450107480
  • Benadryl® Severe Allergy Plus Sinus Headache Kapgel 60 count
    • Lot Numbers: ASM375, BAM206, BBM198
    • UPC Code: 300450175601
  • Benadryl® Severe Allergy Plus Sinus Headache Kapgel 20 count
    • Lot Numbers: AEM032, AEM108, AFM358, AHM326, AHM401, ALM421, AMM359, ASM406, BAM256, BAM271, BCM134, BCM177, BDM237
    • UPC Code: 312547175845

2010 Benadryl Recalls

November 15, 2010 Benadryl® Recall

  • Children's Benadryl® Allergy Fastmelt Tablets, Cherry
    • NDC Code: 50580-347-18
  • Children's Benadryl® Allergy Fastmelt Tablets, Grape
    • NDC Code: 50580-348-18

July 8, 2010 Benadryl® Recall

  • Benadryl® Allergy Ultratab 100 Count
    • NDC Code: 50580-226-10
    • Lot Numbers: AJA008, ADA194, ABA022, ABA264, ABA567, ABA574
  • Benadryl® Allergy Tablet 148 Count
    • NDC Code: 50580-226-14
    • Lot Numbers: AAA422, ABA392, AJA094, ALA034

April 30, 2010 Benadryl® Recall

  • Children's Benadryl® Allergy Dye Free 4 oz Bubblegum Flavored Liquid
    • NDC Code: 50580-535-04
    • UPC Code: 350580535042

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About Benadryl

Benadryl® is a brand name for diphenhydramine marketed by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil Consumer Healthcare. It is used for the temporary relief of allergy symptoms and the common cold. It is available for oral and topical use, and is not meant to be used as a cure for any illnesses but merely as a symptom-reducer.

Diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in Benadryl®, is also marketed under different brand names as a sleep aid and for the treatment and prevention of nausea, vomiting and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Diphenhydramine is also used to help treat the shaking and muscle stiffness caused by Parkinson's disease. It may be used to treat involuntary movements and muscle stiffness that are side effects of some psychiatric medications.

Benadryl® is an antihistamine, and works by inhibiting a substance called histamine that the body's immune system produces. Histamine causes symptoms like sneezing, itchiness and irritated eyes that are associated with allergies. Benadryl also blocks acetylcholine, a chemical that the body makes that can cause excessive dripping from the nose or excess tears in the eyes. Benadryl is not intended for use among children younger than six years.[6]

Benadryl® coupons are regularly posted on the official website of the brand, and can save consumers $1 off of Benadryl® products.


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