FDA says that J&J knew about problems with Motrin long ago

May 28th, 2010 - 7:23 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

motrin1 Washington DC, May 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Food and Drugs Administration says Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, McNeil Healthcare, knew about the potential problems with the Motrin formula 2 years back. The FDA says Johnson & Johnson and McNeil tried to cover the problem up by contracting an outsider to buy-up all the products. Johnson & Johnson initially contracted the outsider to take a sample from the market and test the sample to see, if a recall was needed or not.

But the contractor never did any testing on the samples that he bought. The contractor rather focused on buying the drugs and that was when the FDA got suspicious and questioned Johnson & Johnson. So then Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil issued recall of Motrin in 2009 on the order of the FDA. McNeil again issued a recall of various other products and the FDA later announced investigations into the company’s manufacturing operations.

The initial findings of the FDA into the manufacturing practices of McNeil healthcare revealed a long series of quality compromises. The FDA issued a very vile report on McNeil’s operation. Since the beginning of the investigations, several reports and 7 deaths have been reported to the FDA. “This ‘phantom recall’ warrants further investigation by this committee. Who at McNeil and Johnson & Johnson knew about this scheme? How high up in the corporate suite was this scheme hatched?” according to Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y.

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