March 12, 2015 |
As punishment for bits of metal ending up in Children's Tylenol and other medicines, Johnson & Johnson pleaded guilty Tuesday to one criminal count in federal court in Philadelphia and will pay $25 million for poor manufacturing practices at its Fort Washington plant. The plea relates to metal particles, such as nickel and chromium, that were found in children's liquid medicine made at the McNeil Consumer Healthcare plant in Montgomery County between May 2009 and April 2010. The fine is based on a percentage of the sales of those products during the 11 months included in the plea.
February 17, 2014 |
On April 24, 1995, Marcus Trunk, a 23-year-old construction worker from Upper Dublin, died from treating a sprained wrist with Tylenol, a drug he thought was completely safe This April, the first of two dozen pending cases involving plaintiffs who fell seriously ill or died from the same medication will be heard in a New Jersey court. And 120 more cases are headed for federal court in Philadelphia. They claim that McNeil-PPC Inc., the Fort Washington company that makes Tylenol, and others repeatedly concealed the serious health risks of the painkiller, also known as acetaminophen.
December 2, 2013 |
I recently cared for a patient with worsening kidney failure. After a full investigation, I could find no cause but a coincidence that he had used "Kangaroo," a sex-enhancing supplement, around the time he got sick. While there is no way to prove or disprove the link between the pill and the ailment, it made me consider how little we know about the toxicity of supplements despite how common they are, and the significant number of deaths and life-threatening events they cause each year.
October 22, 2013 |
BACK IN 1982, the nation was terrorized by the Tylenol poison scare. Although the fatal poisonings of seven people, including a 12-year-old girl, from taking cyanide-laced Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules were confined to the Chicago area, repercussions were felt everywhere. Johnson & Johnson, parent company of McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the drug's manufacturer, pulled 32 million packages of Tylenol off the shelves of stores throughout the nation, taking a huge nose-dive in profits as a result.
April 18, 2013 |
Though its Fort Washington plant is still being repaired, and overall profit fell 10.6 percent to $3.5 billion in the first quarter of 2013, Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that it has put more Tylenol and Motrin on store shelves in the United States through its McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit. "We are pleased with results in our consumer division, with over-the-counter sales in the U.S. up 14 percent," J&J chief financial officer Dominic Caruso said in a conference call with stock market analysts.
October 3, 2012 |
TRENTON - Former Johnson & Johnson CEO James E. Burke, who steered the health-care giant through the Tylenol poisonings in the 1980s that resulted in the first tamper-resistant product packaging, has died. The company said Burke died late Friday at the age of 87, after a long, unspecified illness. Burke, who ran the New Brunswick, N.J., company for 13 of his 37 years there, also had a big impact in his second career, as chairman of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America for 16 years.
July 18, 2012 |
After Johnson & Johnson reported lower overall sales and profit for the second quarter Tuesday, in part because of continuing problems at its McNeil Consumer Healthcare facility in Fort Washington, new chief executive officer Alex Gorsky was asked why he was not considering selling pieces of the health-care giant. Goldman Sachs pharmaceutical analyst Jami Rubin wrote in May that J&J should follow the example of Pfizer Inc. and Abbott Laboratories Inc. and separate its three divisions — consumer products, pharmaceuticals, and devices — because it couldn't manage them all in a way to get full value.
June 12, 2012 |
AS FAR AS Dom Cuoci is concerned, X-ray is the bad version of a four-letter word. So, though he took a line drive right off the inner part of his left foot Friday while pitching for La Salle High in a PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal, he ignored all requests by his parents to let a machine take a look. "I told them I wasn't doing X-rays," Cuoci said, laughing. "I said they're too expensive and that we need to save money. " This is year No. 8 for District 12's involvement in PIAA baseball (fourth for the Catholic League)
May 19, 2012 |
McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the beleaguered Fort Washington drug maker, recalled more products on Thursday. This time, McNeil recalled one lot of Imodium Multi-Symptom Relief, an over-the-counter medicine for diarrhea, gas, bloating and cramps. A company spokeswoman said the 53,892 packages in that lot are likely still with wholesalers, so the recall is directed mainly toward them. Some of the packages might be torn. She said McNeil has no safety concerns about the products in torn packages, but having been exposed to air, the medicine might not provide the intended benefits.
April 18, 2012 |
Consumers wanting Tylenol and Motrin medicines will have to search farther and wait longer, while investors hoping that Johnson & Johnson will show greater profits from those products will have to wait, too. J&J said Tuesday that first-quarter profit rose 12.5 percent, but that there was a slight decrease in total sales and that the company has had increased costs and delays in fixing the problems at the McNeil Consumer Healthcare facility in...