McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, plead guilty to federal charges that it knowingly sold children’s liquid medicines such as Tylenol and Motrin that were contaminated with metal particles. The corporation acknowledged that they did not take immediate action to correct the machinery problem and actually knew about the particle contamination for almost a year before any corrective actions were made.
The metal particle contamination was traced back to a machinery problem in the manufacturing process. Particles of nickel, iron, and chromium were found in bottles of Infants’ and Children’s Tylenol and Children’s Motrin medications.
As part of the guilty plea deal, the company will pay $25 million to settle the case and is also under increased inspections by the Food and Drug Administration.
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