11 Million Bottles of Metallic Tylenol Recalled

If you recall yesterday's post about the alleged "safety" of over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications many consumers take for granted, I'm sure the patients involved never took into account the number of problems that can happen before those drugs reach their drug store shelves. Such is the case with today's major recall of 11 million bottles of acetaminophen sold by more than 100 retailers across the United States, including CVS, Safeway and Wal-Mart.

Metal fragments were found in as many as 400 batches of acetaminophen, varying in size from the tiny to pieces of wire about a third of an inch long, after quality-control checks by Michigan-based Perrigo Co. revealed signs that the equipment used to make the pills had been wearing down too early.

Imagine taking a pill for your pain you bought over-the-counter and worrying about cutting your mouth and throat or even swallowing some metal in the process. Unbelievable...

Just another reminder the drug you take for your pain may not be at all safe, even from a pharmacy, and taking an OTC painkiller over the long haul can be just as deadly.

Yahoo News November 9, 2006

Science Daily November 9, 2006

Time Magazine November 10, 2006