The Number of Tylenol Recalls Continues to Rise


December 13, 2011

Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division that produces the popular pain and fever medication Tylenol (“acetaminophen”) recently announced another in a long line of recalls of Tylenol related to serious adverse side effects, notably serious damage to the liver and liver failure.

The problems that have plagued the company range from accidental overdoses to quality control issues that have resulted in plants that produce drugs containing acetaminophen being subject to intervention by the feds.

The recently announced recall of Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Nighttime Rapid Release Gelcaps was initiated because it had been revealed that some of the gelcaps may contain too much of the active ingredient. The recall applies to 2.45 million packages of the gelcaps. This is by no means the first recall of Tylenol drugs linked to this dangerous type of pharmaceutical defect. Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, has been linked to severe liver damage and even liver failure necessitating liver replacement surgery.

The FDA actually took over three plants that produce Tylenol and initiated a criminal investigation regarding safety issues linked to the manufacturing process of the drug in March of this year. The three Tylenol plants that the FDA stepped in and took over are located in Fort Washington, PA, Puerto Rico and Lancaster, PA. The FDA in coordination with the Department of Justice also took action against McNeil and two of its executives – its Vice-President of Quality and its Vice-President of Operations for over-the-counter drugs. The FDA and Department of Justice actions against the company were based on non-compliance with federal drug manufacturing safety standards. While there have been a number of quality control issues identified at the plants by the FDA, one of the most serious is production of Tylenol products with higher than indicated levels of acetaminophen.

If you have taken Tylenol or other over-the-counter or prescription medications and have suffered significant, serious side effects like liver damage or liver failure, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our Tylenol liver damage attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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