February 16, 1986 |
Drug manufacturers may be forced to change the way they package some of the nation's most popular over-the-counter drugs in the wake of the most recent Tylenol poisoning. The easy-to-swallow gelatin capsule - used by millions who prefer it over the round, hard, tablet form of medication - has been linked in the public's consciousness to tragedy. And some industry officials and financial analysts say that link may lead to the capsule's eventual disappearance from consumer markets.
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.
May 21, 2010 |
Robert Lincoln McNeil Jr., 94, the Philadelphia chemist who introduced the world to the best-selling painkiller Tylenol and later sold his family business to pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, died Thursday of heart failure at his Wyndmoor home. A grandson of Robert McNeil, who founded the company that became McNeil Laboratories in a Kensington drugstore in 1879, Mr. McNeil also was a major patron of many cultural and educational institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Zoo, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of the Sciences, and Yale University.
May 2, 1986 |
McNeil Pharmaceutical Laboratories, the Spring House, Montgomery County, subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is warning physicians of an unexpected and puzzling reaction to its new pain-alleviating drug Suprol, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday. The reaction includes pain and reduced kidney function. The FDA said it has received 16 reports of patients experiencing flank and back pain accompanied by evidence of decreased kidney function shortly after taking Suprol.
May 11, 1989 |
PAINKILLER HAZARDS. Regular, long-term use of the painkiller acetaminophen increases the risk of developing kidney disease. That's according to a new study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Acetaminophen is the main ingredient in Tylenol and other medications. But Kidney Foundation president Saulo Klahr, who read the study, said you'd have to take roughly 325 milligrams (one regular-strength tablet) a day of Tylenol for about 20 years to accumulate the kind of dosage that might lead to chronic kidney disease.
August 7, 1988 |
McNeil Consumer Products Inc., a Fort Washington-based pharmaceutical company that manufactures Tylenol and Co-Tylenol, has withdrawn a request to land helicopters at its plant. The withdrawal was announced to the Whitemarsh Township Zoning Hearing Board at its meeting Wednesday night. McNeil's withdrawal ends nearly 10 months of wrangling with Whitemarsh. The township joined several area residents in opposing the landings and sent township solicitor Ross Weiss to the Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board meetings involving the request.
March 25, 1986 |
A man claiming to have poisoned three popular non-prescription drugs telephoned WCAU-TV (Channel 10) here yesterday and boasted that a $900,000 reward was "not enough" to capture him. The call came after a national association of drug manufacturers, angered by the recent Tylenol and Contac poisonings, yesterday offered a $700,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the drug tamperer or tamperers. The Proprietary Association, which represents 83 makers of over-the-counter medicines, said it would add the reward to the $200,000 already offered by Johnson & Johnson in the Tylenol poisonings.
July 21, 2010 |
A federal grand jury is investigating problems at the now-shuttered McNeil Consumer Healthcare plant in Fort Washington that triggered the recall of children's Tylenol and other popular pediatric medicines, according to the company. The existence of the investigation was made public Tuesday by Louise Mehrotra, vice president for investor relations for Johnson & Johnson, McNeil's parent company. During a conference call with financial analysts to outline the company's second-quarter earnings, Mehrotra said that the company had recently been subject to a number of lawsuits as a result of the recalls and that it had "received a grand jury subpoena from the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District.
August 16, 2005 |
Earthquake hits Japan; 80 people reported hurt A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck the northeast coast of Japan today, triggering a tsunami warning and shaking buildings nearly 200 miles away in Tokyo, the nation's Meteorological Agency said. Eighty people were injured when the roof of an indoor pool collapsed in the coastal city of Sendai, the national broadcaster NHK reported. None of the injuries was critical. A four-inch tsunami reached the Japanese shore about 15 minutes after the quake struck, NHK said, with no major damage immediately reported.