Report: Drug Maker Knowingly Sold Tainted Children’s Tylenol

Chances are, you’ve given your kid some type of pain reliever at some point. I know I have. And, I’ve always trusted that the meds that I give both my baby and my preschooler are completely safe. I follow the recommendations of our pediatrician, and I buy brand names from a reputable pharmacy. I only give them medication when they absolutely need it, and I give them the smallest possible dose. Like every other mom out there, I don’t want my kids to suffer because they have a fever or they’re teething.

So I’m outraged to hear that a drug maker knowingly sold tainted children’s medication. That’s right — They knew something was wrong with the drugs and they sold them anyway.


According to a Reuters report, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, 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.

Trouble began back in 2009 when McNeil received complaints of “black specks,”  later found to be nickel and chromium particles, in the bottom of a bottle of Infants’ Tylenol. In response, the company recalled children’s over-the-counter-medicines, including Infants’ Tylenol and Children’s Motrin, made at its Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, plant in 2010.

As part of the agreement, McNeil also agreed to further safety measures before reopening its Fort Washington facility.

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