J&J recalls slow-working Motrin pills

TRENTON, N.J. - Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson has issued another recall of Motrin pain relievers, at least the sixth in two years.

It’s part of a string of more than two dozen recalls of consumer health products, prescription drugs, and medical devices over 2 1/2 years.

This time, it’s because Motrin IB pills may not dissolve and begin working as soon as intended as they approach their three-year expiration date. That could delay relief of pain.


The recall covers Motrin IB coated caplets and coated tablets, in packages with either 24 pills or 30 pills.

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A company spokeswoman said yesterday that J&J is only recalling packages from retailers, not consumers, because there’s no safety concern. “It’s 59 product lots. It’s about 12 million bottles,’’ said spokeswoman Bonnie Jacobs.

The packages were distributed in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Fiji, Belize, St. Lucia, and Jamaica. Affected lot numbers are listed on the product’s website, Consumers with questions can call J&J’s consumer call center at 1-888-222-6036, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.