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.