Many of us buy store brand generic versions of common medications for such maladies as colds, coughs, and headaches in order to save money. But it could come at a higher cost to our health today, as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a recall of 11 million bottles of store-brand acetaminophen.

The recalled pills were made by the Perrigo Co. and may contain metal fragments due to machinery that wore down prematurely. The pills affected by the recall are 500-milligram caplets of acetaminophen sold in varying quantities. This is considered a Class II recall, as it covers products that might cause a temporary health problem or pose only a slight threat of a serious nature.

Many retailers, including Wal-Mart and CVS, are voluntarily pulling the affected pills from their shelves, but many have already been purchased by consumers.

Be sure to check both the list of retailers who are voluntarily recalling the acetaminophen, as well as the batch list that specifies which bottles in particular are being recalled. I had originally thought I was safe, having ordered my acetaminophen from direct marketing company Melaleuca, but they join the many retailers involved in the recall. Please be sure to check any and all bottles of 500-milligram acetaminophen you may have purchased recently to keep yourself and your family safe.

If you have any questions about the recall, please contact Perrigo toll free at 877-546-0454.

For additional information:

Broad recall of acetaminophen under way, Yahoo News

Wal-Mart included in nationwide acetaminophen recall, Blogging Stocks

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