The Ministry of Health has called for the recall of liquid versions of Tylenol for children, two days after the US pulled 40 over-the-counter drugs off the shelves.
The circular noted that Zyrtec, which was on the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) advisory, met the local product specifications and would not be taken off the shelves.
A Johnson and Johnson spokesman said two products were being pulled off shelves in the UAE: Tylenol Suspension Cherry Flavour, 4oz and Concentrated Infant Tylenol Drops, Cherry Flavour, 0.5oz.
He said it was a precautionary measure and parents and caregivers who had concerns should not administer these products to their children.
“Some of the products included in the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified,” he said.
“Others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements and others may contain tiny particles,” the spokesman said in a statement.
Ministry of Health Medical Practices and Licenses executive director Dr Ameen Al Amiri said in a statement that the “decision was issued to maintain public health safety”.