Generic manufacturers and consumer budgets are the big winners in the ongoing voluntary recall of millions of packages of pediatric liquid medications manufactured by McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Recalled products include children's Tylenol (acetaminophen), Motrin (ibuprofen), Zyrtec (cetirizine), and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in drop, suspension, and liquid formulations.
"I tell patients to skip the brand and buy the generic or the house brand," said pharmacist Bob Brown, who works in several pharmacies near Cambria, Calif., midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. "Even if you're just buying one package, you can save enough to buy a gallon of milk and still spend less than if you were buying the McNeil product."
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