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McNeil launches promotion tour for Tylenol Warming Liquid

BY Michael Johnsen

BOSTON McNeil Consumer Healthcare on Friday announced a multi-city grassroots promotion tour promoting Tylenol Warming Liquid and offering passengers access to free taxi rides so they can warm up.

Already a success in New York passengers in Boston can now receive complimentary transportation in the Copley Square/Suffolk County and Brookline areas, the company stated. The program will soon be expanded to include Philadelphia and Washington, as well.

Tylenol Warming Taxis will pick up passengers outside select CVS/pharmacy locations from 12 p.m. through 8 p.m. Nov. 17 through Nov. 23.

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Google tracks flu trends through requests via search engine

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN FRANCISCO Google has found a way to track the spread of the flu by taking note of users who type phrases related to the flu into its search engine and reporting them through a new service called Google Flu Trends.

This may enable local outbreaks to be detected before health officials detect them, tests of the site have shown.

According to The New York Times, searches for flu-related information on Google increased in mid-Atlantic U.S. states increased two weeks before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an increase in the incidence of flu in those states.

 

 

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J&J recalls lots of Infants’ Mylicon Gas Relief Dye Free

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Company Monday evening voluntarily recalled approximately 12,000 units of Infants’ Mylicon Gas Relief Dye Free (simethicone-antigas) non-staining sold in 1-ounce plastic bottles that were distributed after Oct. 5 because some of the bottles could include metal fragments that were generated during the manufacturing process.

Although the potential for serious medical events is low, the company is implementing this recall to the consumer level as a precaution. If any medical events were to occur, most are expected to be temporary and resolve without medical treatment. Parents who have given the product to their infant and are concerned should contact their health care provider immediately.

The company is taking this action in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration, J&J reported.

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