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State of Oregon Sues J&J Over Motrin ‘Phantom’ Scandal

Johnson & Johnson makes news again for the wrong reason: Company sued by the state of Oregon for deceptive practices in the Motrin ‘Phantom’ recall that put public health at risk.

Medical News Update 1/17/2011 – Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil unit is now recalling 47 million packages of over-the-counter brands including Tylenol, Sudafed, Benadryl, Rolaids, and Sinutab. If you’d like specific products and lot numbers covered by this nationwide recall, please visit the McNeil recall website.

Did J&J put publicity fears before consumer interest?

January 13, 2011 – This week, reports surfaced that the state of Oregon is suing Johnson & Johnson over 2009’s ‘phantom’ recall of defective Motrin tablets, alleging that J&J’s reluctance to initiate a recall put the public’s health at risk. In response to these developments, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger told Reuters:

“Part of our goal here is not just to hold Johnson & Johnson accountable, but to send a very strong message that if you have a defective health product, you cannot do a phantom recall. The thing that’s scary is that, if a company does a successful phantom recall, no one knows about it.”

Inside the Motrin ‘Phantom Recall’

According to an FDA enforcement report, McNeil attempted in June 2009 to disguise its efforts to remove Motrin from store shelves without initiating a formal recall. When the FDA got word of these actions through an anonymous memo sent to Oregon state regulators, the administration prompted the company to recall over 88,000 tablets of Motrin because of a problem with the way the drug dissolved. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson, has initiated four recalls of its over-the-counter drug products such as Tylenol, Motrin, & Zyrtec in the last 18 months.

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