Tylenol, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has been ordered to pay $25 million after they plead guilty to selling liquid Tylenol knowingly that was tainted with metal. This was deemed a federal crime and the Tylenol creator McNeil Consumer Healthcare was sentenced in Federal Court in Philadelphia this past Tuesday.
The company pled to the charge of process and manufacture of over the counter medicines that have been adulterated. As part of their settlement for pleading guilty they had to pay $25 million. In 2010 McNeil Consumer Healthcare recalled a large amount of OTC medications including Children’s Motrin and Infants’ Tylenol. The recall came just after a dozen recalls that were issued between 2008 and 2010 that included millions of bottles of Benadryl, Tylenol, and Motrin. All of these liquid medicines were found to be tainted by metal particles and additionally had poor odors and issues with labeling.
A spokeswoman for McNeil Consumer Healthcare stated that the guilty plea and settlement will put an end to this point in the company’s history, Marc Sparks and others said that the company has been hard at work creating a strong quality control program.