Johnson & Johnson Knew Of Motrin Problems, Testified Before Lawmakers

May 28th, 2010 - 7:00 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
motrin1Washington, May 28, (THAINDIAN NEWS) It was way back in the year of 2008 when Johnson and Johnson had come to know about the problems with the Motrin tablets. As speculated it never asked for a recall but went ahead to call for an outsider contractor which bought the tablets from the stores to self determine the need to announce a recall.

McNeil consumer products president Colleen Goggins testified for the products which was said to have undergone some “over-the-counter” modification. Reportedly, this is the second recall for McNeil products after April 2010 when the FDA had found out the children medicinal plant violating the rules of manufacture. Tylenol, Benadryl all came under the line of recall by the lawmakers. This time too the reputation of the company is at stake. It was said that the company had called for the outsider contractor to collect the samples of Motrin tablets to determine whether the recall was needed. The chief pain relieving ingredient ibuprofen didn’t seem to dissolve properly in the water to offer relief from pain. Tylenol and its basic ingredient acetaminophen has the same properties as that of Ibuprofen which at time have been said to cause stomach upset.

FDA officials told the media that they have reports that the contractor actually brought samples of Motrin tablets in bulk from the local retailers but asked them to keep mum about the product recall. Speaking on the same note, FDA’s Deputy Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein said that this is total spoiler to the image and the reputation of the company. In the testimony of Thursday, Joshua Sharfstein said that Johnson and Johnson is seemingly the only firm who have witnessed repeated violations in terms of quality as well as manufacturing procedure. Last eight months have seen three recalls which was an immediate reaction to the complaint reports that came in from all parts of the nation.

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