McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge after investigators found that the company sold over-the-counter children’s medications that were defective.
In particular, the company pled guilty to continuing the sales of liquid medicines for infants and toddlers despite knowing that they contained metal particles.
The company agreed to pay $25 million, acknowledging it failed to take corrective action after discovering compromised bottles of Infants’ and Children’s Tylenol and Children’s Motrin.
Signs Of Trouble
While the drugs were finally recalled in 2010, prosecutors said the health care giant first learned about the problem in 2009, but failed to take action.
An FDA investigation into the facility after the recall revealed the medicine wasn’t manufactured according to best practices and was in violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
An FDA investigation found that the plant producing the medication contained bacteria in raw materials, poor quality controls and general dirtiness.
Currently, McNeil is operating under an agreement with the FDA that requires increased inspections and oversight at its factories.
Are You Or Your Loved One A Victim?
Drug makers have the legal responsibility to adequately test and research medications prior to placing them on the market for public sale. If a patient takes a drug and subsequently suffers from injury, life-threatening complications or death, the manufacturer of the medication could be held responsible.
Holding drug manufacturers legally accountable is hard work. These companies often have legal teams on their side that are dedicated to protecting their interests. This is why you need a law firm that will fight aggressively for your rights.
If you or a loved one has suffered, let us help you seek potential monetary damages as compensation. The personal injury lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy can help you determine what your legal options are and if you may be eligible to file a claim.
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