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November 9, 2006

Millions of acetaminophen pills recalled

WASHINGTON — Recall: 11 million bottles of store-brand acetaminophen.

Perrigo Co., a major manufacturer of the pain-relieving pills, discovered some pills were contaminated with metal fragments. The discovery was made during quality-control checks.

The recall affects bottles containing various amounts of 500-milligram caplets.

WHERE ARE THE PILLS SOLD

Perrigo bills itself as the world’s largest manufacturer of store-brand nonprescription drugs. The Allegan, Mich., company did not disclose the chains for which it manufactures the store-brand acetaminophen.

However, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., CVS Corp., Walgreen Co. and Costco Wholesale Corp. are among the companies it supplies with health care products, according to company Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

WHAT IS ACETAMINOPHEN

Acetaminophen is best known as the drug in products sold under the Tylenol brand, but is widely available in generic versions. The recall does not affect Tylenol. The recall should not cause a shortage of acetaminophen, the Food and Drug Administration said.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Consumers with questions can call Perrigo toll free at (877) 546-0454.



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