J&J pleads guilty, pays $20M fine tied to metal-tainted Children’s Tylenol


The plea agreement announced by Justice Department and FDA officials today stemmed from a complaint that McNeil’s plant in Fort Washington, PA, received May 1, 2009, that there were black specks in some of its children’s pain medicines. But instead of starting an investigation to find out why, Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) let it slide, according to the DOJ release.

The particles were later determined to be “nickel/chromium-rich inclusions” and not ingredients that should have been in the products taken by children throughout the world, court records indicate…

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