View Full Version : Tylenol maker to pay $25 million for selling metal-contaminated drugs

03-11-15, 12:27 PM
Lindsay Dunsmuir (http://blogs.reuters.com/search/journalist.php?edition=us&n=lindsay.dunsmuir&)
Tue Mar 10, 2015

(Reuters) - A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary pleaded guilty on Tuesday to selling liquid medicine contaminated with metal and agreed to pay $25 million to resolve the case, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday. The subsidiary, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, pleaded guilty to one federal criminal charge in the case.

In 2010, the company launched mass recalls of certain children's over-the-counter-medicines, including Infants' Tylenol and Children's Motrin, made at its Fort Washington, Pennsylvania plant.
It was the latest in a series of recalls at the time. There were far-reaching multiple recalls from 2008 to 2010 involving hundreds of millions of bottles and packages of consumer brands such as Tylenol, Motrin, Rolaids, Benadryl and other products due to faulty manufacturing. The recalls kept widely used products such as Children's Tylenol off pharmacy shelves and seriously tarnished J&J's once-sterling reputation.

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Mr. Wizard
03-13-15, 06:24 PM
Metal contamination is not the only problem with this medicine. Tylenol "can" also cause liver damage. Believe it or not, even the almost useless FDA put out a warning last year to this effect. Tylenol claims if you follow the recommended dosing liver damage won't be a problem. Well, I want to see the data from the clinical trials. This is nasty stuff, especially for children. Parents need relief when their children are in pain or have a fever. So, if Tylenol is used, just make sure it isn't for more than a couple of days and never, ever exceed recommended dosing.