FDA Says J&J Knew of Problems With Motrin for 2 Years

May 28th, 2010 - 8:58 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

motrin1 May 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) In a report by the Associated Press it was brought to the attention of the world that Johnson and Johnson knew of issues with Motrin as early as 2008, although the product recall did not come until 2009. As a matter of fact, the documents which were obtained by the AP shows that instead of issuing a recall as they should have done, they hired a contractor to go in and begin to buy up the defective products in large amounts, according to statements made by congressional investigators.

The questions concerning Johnson and Johnson’s handling came during a hearing which was held about the latest recall that involved over a hundred million bottles of medications for children which were manufactured by the company. The bottle contained foreign substances, bacteria, and in some cases tiny particles of metal.

The president for Johnson and Johnson’s McNeil consumer products, Colleen Goggins stated to lawmakers that steps are already being taken to fix the issues, including the removal of at least two top managers at their plant in Fort Washington. She did not have very satisfactory answers for the line of questioning concerning the “ghost recall” of over 88,000 packets of Motrin from stores, mostly gas stations, before the real recall was issued. The employees were told not to mention a recall. According to the Associated Press, A memo titled ‘Motrin Purchase Project,’ distributed during the hearing states: “You should simply ‘act’ like a regular customer while making these purchases. There must be no mention of this being a recall of the product!” Goggins claimed that the FDA was aware of the “ghost recall”.

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