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Kids’ medicines drawing complaints

Associated Press / May 27, 2010

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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is investigating hundreds of complaints involving children’s medicines recalled by Johnson & Johnson last month, a congressional memo says. The FDA has not directly linked any of the reports to product flaws.

J&J recalled more than 40 children’s cold medicines last month after FDA inspectors discovered a slew of manufacturing problems. The company’s third recall in the past year triggered criticism from lawmakers, who will question company managers today.

J&J declined to comment.

On Tuesday, the company posted a statement on its website saying it would restore its image by restructuring management and overhauling manufacturing.

The FDA has received reports of complications with J&J products, including seven deaths, according to the memo.

The FDA is investigating whether the problems are linked to flaws in J&J products, which include infant Tylenol, Benadryl, and Motrin. “At this time, FDA is not aware of any child being harmed by taking one of the recalled products,’’ states the memo.