McNeil to Pay $25M over Contaminated Childrens’ Tylenol

Ava Lawson | April 3rd, 2015

CourthouseMcNeil Consumer Healthcare has agreed to pay a $25 million settlement to resolve claims that it knowingly sold Children’s Tylenol and Children’s Motrin that were contaminated with metal. During the manufacturing process at the company’s Fort Washington plant, the medicines were tainted with particles of nickel, iron and chromium, according to prosecutors. Authorities say the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary was aware of the problem for at least a year, but took no immediate measures to recall the affected batches.

According to court filings, the company first became aware of the problem back in 2009, after a consumer reported seeing black specks inside their bottle of Infants’ liquid Tylenol. Even though McNeil traced the metal contamination back to its plant, it continued manufacturing and selling the products for months before issuing a recall.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mizer said that McNeil’s failure to comply with “good manufacturing practices is seriously troubling,” after the company entered a guilty plea.

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The FDA says the Tylenol and Motrin contamination is not likely to cause serious medical problems in those who took the medication, and McNeil maintains that no reports of injuries have been filed. The Fort Washington plant, located in a Philly suburb, was permanently shut down in April 2010. In a company statement, McNeil says that it has ramped up quality and safety standards across its entire business to better meet their commitment to both consumers and doctors.

Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, has already been associated with severe liver injury – a side effect that has spawned hundreds of product liability lawsuits.

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