March 24, 1986 |
A Food and Drug Administration official said yesterday that federal investigators had found traces of rat poison in a ninth capsule of medicine among those removed from store shelves in Orlando, Fla., and Houston. FDA spokesman Bill Grigg said yesterday that analysts examining three types of drugs - Contac, Teldrin and Dietac - discovered the ninth tainted capsule Saturday night. The poison was found in a capsule of Teldrin, an allergy medicine. Meanwhile, FBI agents reported no new developments in their investigation into the tainted capsules, which are manufactured by Philadelphia-based SmithKline Beckman Corp.
January 8, 1992 |
Somewhere between Delaware Bay and Chincoteague, Va., from the shoreline to 40 miles out to sea - an area twice the size of New Jersey - some rat poison is missing. As yet no reward has been offered, and none is likely, but the Coast Guard is looking for information leading to its safe return to basement corners and attics, under kitchen sinks and other parts where Rattus rattus and Rattus norvegicus hang out. Our story begins on a dark and stormy night. Last Friday night through Saturday morning, when a vicious storm hit the New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland shores, the Santa Clara, a 492-foot ship out of Panama, was trundling from New York to Baltimore.
March 22, 1986 |
SmithKline Beckman Corp. said yesterday that FBI agents had found small amounts of rat poison in capsules of its popular cold remedy Contac and in another of its popular consumer drugs. The Philadelphia company ordered an immediate national recall of Contac, the allergy medicine Teldrin and the appetite suppressant Dietac. Consumers were asked to destroy the drugs or return them to SmithKline or to the retail outlet where they were purchased. Henry Wendt, president and chief executive officer of SmithKline, said that warfarin, an anti-coagulant used in rat poison, was detected yesterday in five capsules of Contac and Teldrin.
March 22, 1986 |
Contac, one of the leading cold remedies, and two other over-the-counter medications were recalled from the nation's store shelves yesterday after rat poison was found in eight capsules. All three are manufactured by SmithKline Beckman Corp. at its Philadelphia plant, 15th and Spring Garden streets. The company recalled the products voluntarily. "We're dealing with a deliberate, terrorist, criminal act," Frank Young, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said.
March 20, 2003 |
A Quakertown man who swallowed rat poison before calling police to his girlfriend's apartment was charged yesterday with murdering the woman and her daughter, 4, and hiding their bodies. Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. said Evyonne Patterson, 23, and her child, Nila, were found strangled in the bedroom closets of their small apartment late Tuesday night. Police charged Patterson's longtime boyfriend, Ian Scott Wireman, 23, with two counts each of first-degree murder, third-degree murder, and abuse of a corpse.
March 12, 1993 |
Four eighth-grade students at a Cape May County middle school face charges that they used rat poison to sicken two of their teachers, police said. The teachers were not seriously injured. The teachers, both women whom police declined to identify, drank the tainted coffee on Wednesday, said Cape May County Prosecutor Stephen Moore. They became ill and sought treatment by their personal physicians yesterday, said Lower Township Police Detective Mike Brogan. The poisoning occurred about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in an eighth-grade classroom at Richard M. Teitelmam Middle School in the Erma section of the township, Brogan said.
August 26, 2009 |
To Rhonda Thomas, a seasoned SPCA humane officer, the 28 cats in two stifling rooms in the Harleysville house appeared afraid and distressed, but she had seen worse. She planned to return for them the next day when she had help. Then she saw blue pellets in the food dishes and knew the animals had been offered rat poison; quickly, she summoned three ambulances to rush the animals to Montgomery County's three shelters. Yesterday, 27 of the cats were recovering after receiving vitamin K injections.
March 26, 1986 |
Spurred by the prospect of a $900,000 reward, more than 1,000 people yesterday telephoned a new hotline for callers with information that might lead to the capture of the person or persons responsible for lacing three SmithKline Beckman Corp. products with minute amounts of rat poison. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia pharmaceutical manufacturer said yesterday that it has suspended production of the three drugs at its plant at 15th and Spring Garden Streets. Officials said the company still plans to resume sales of the drugs.
July 16, 1997 |
It was murder most fowl, the way Jeanne Smith tells the story. When chickens toddled away from her Northeast Philadelphia back yard, something strange happened. She says her next-door neighbor fatally bludgeoned and poisoned some of them. But was it poultricide, or did the chickens simply pick into poison set for rats? Either way, the demise of Jeanne Smith's chickens has become the center of a nasty dispute between Somerton neighbors. A Municipal Court judge has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow.
April 22, 1986 |
The costs of recalling three products involved in tampering and of an early-retirement program depressed earnings of SmithKline Beckman Corp. for the first quarter, the company said yesterday. The two events together reduced net income by $28.9 million or 37 cents a share to $1.51 a share versus $1.66 a share a year earlier. Without the charges, per-share earnings would have been $1.88 a share, the company said. After taxes, profits for the quarter were $116.4 million, compared with $131.