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Makers of Tylenol to Pay $25 Million Fine after Pleading Guilty for Selling Contaminated Medicines

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has pled guilty to one federal criminal charge for selling medicines which were contaminated with metal.

According to a U.S. Department of Justice announcement, the company has also agreed to pay $25 million in fines in order to bring the case to a conclusion, which began 2009 when one consumer found black specks on the bottom of a bottle of Infants’ Tylenol they had purchased. Testing showed that the specks were actually nickel and chromium particles.

These issues resulted in a massive recall in 2010 for many of their children’s liquid medication products, including brands such as Infants' Tylenol and Children's Motrin. These products were all produced at one of the company’s manufacturing plants in Pennsylvania. At the time of the recall, the company stated that there may also have been more of the active drug ingredient than specified contained in the medications.

Part of the criminal charges that were filed against McNeil Consumer Healthcare was that they continued to produce the medicines at the same manufacturing plant for months, without taking any actions to determine where the particles came from.

Other complaints about multiple medications the company produced came pouring in through 2010, including problems with moldy odors emitting from the product, as well as potentially dangerous issues with labeling.

If you or someone in your family has been injured or become ill from a contaminated medication, contact an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have for you pain and loss against the company who manufactured the medication.

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