So…you might ask yourself, what drugs or OTC remedies have disappeared from the shelves of your local drug store or mass merchant…and why? More important to me is just where was I when this happened…? Perhaps retirement has made me complacent…
When is the last time that you saw a bottle of Rolaids? I much prefer them to Tums but this bottle may be one of the last of its kind in the USA. There are just a few Rolaids left in this container, (expiration 5/2005), so I guess I’ll have to resort to Tums in the near future. Laurie has already made the switch. So what happened to Rolaids?
As a result of multiple recalls, production was suspended by McNeil – PPC Inc., the manufacturer of Rolaids in 2010. The brand is now owned by a French company, Sanofi. I had asked our pharmacist what had happened to Rolaids and he told me that quality control problems and filthy manufacturing conditions had led to a shutdown of production. Indeed, there were multiple recalls of Rolaids in 2010. If you check on the Internet, you will find a website that is specifically designed for American customers…but you still can’t buy any Rolaids. Check it out at http://www.rolaids.com/.
Our pharmacist also mentioned a couple other widely known OTC brands that have been taken off the market… How about Liquid Mylanta for heartburn relief? This product is also a McNeil staple, but it too has been withdrawn from the marketplace. (Tablets are still available) Again the issue was quality control in the manufacturing process. For more information regarding this product go to http://www.mylanta.com/product-availability and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mylanta.
The biggest stunner to me was Tylenol! The same recall that impacted Rolaids and Liquid Mylanta in 2010, also affected Tylenol. Some types of Tylenol still aren’t available to the consumer. In that recall, 53,000,000 bottles of McNeil – PPC Inc. products were involved! Tylenol, Motrin, Rolaids, Benadryl, St. Joseph's Aspirin and later Zyrtec were all involved in these recalls. For further information, just go to http://www.tylenol.com/ and/or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tylenol.
Wow! I guess I’d better spend more time watching the news on TV or via the Internet! How’d we miss this story?
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my failure to ensure that I'm fully informed at all times…
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave