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Recalled Drugs Contaminated By Bacteria, FDA Says

Some of the 40 varieties of children’s cold medicines recalled by Johnson & Johnson last week were contaminated with bacteria, according to the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA.

The FDA report, posted online, lists more than 20 manufacturing problems found at the Pennsylvania plant where the products were made. The recalled products include children’s formulations of Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl.

The FDA said it is considering a range of actions that may include criminal penalties. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said parents should immediately start using generic versions of the recalled drugs.

“We have no higher concern than providing parents with the highest-quality products for their children,” Johnson & Johnson said in a statement. The company’s McNeil-PPC division, which made the recalled products, said it is taking “corrective actions” at the Pennsylvania plant as a “precautionary measure.”

As posted on this blog, earlier this year McNeil-PPC issued a product recall for containers of Tylenol, Motrin and other over-the-counter drugs after consumers complained of feeling sick from an unusual odor.

Defective drugs are a threat to anyone. When problems with the manufacturing process cause personal injury, the consumer is entitled to vigorous legal action to protect his interests and obtain redress.

At Schlichter, Bogard & Denton we have extensive experience in handling pharmaceutical litigation. No after-the-fact “corrective actions” can make up for injury to you or a family member from faulty drugs. If you believe this has happened, we urge you to contact us for a confidential, no-cost case review at any of our nationwide offices.

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