Drugmaker paying $33M over recalled nonprescription meds

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A generic image of Tylenol acetaminophen pills.

The settlement also includes an agreement that Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit must follow correct procedures for resolving any manufacturing issues with its nonprescription drugs and may not advertise on its website any product that has had a significant recall within the past year. "It's essential that people who buy and consume these products be able to do so with confidence, and without fear that they may be tainted in some way, or manufactured in substandard facilities". The recalled medication included Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph Aspirin, Sudafed, Pepcid, Mylanta, Rolaids, Zyrtec, and Zyrtec Eye Drops-several of which are indicated for pediatric use. The Food and Drug Administration found some facilities didn't comply with the practices between 2009 and 2011, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office. "It's particularly troubling that numerous drugs that were found to be contaminated in this case were designed for infants and children".

A U.S. Department of Justice investigation in 2015 resulted in a $20 million criminal fine and asset forfeiture totaling $5 million after the firm plead guilty.

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President Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith, and Prime Minister Netanyahu has promised the same. The U.S. has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over parts of the Old City seized in the 1967 war.

The accusations stemmed from recalls of ten over-the-counter medications manufactured between 2009 and 2011, including some children's medications, because of quality control lapses. The states' settlement resolves claims that McNeil unlawfully promoted its over-the-counter drugs as compliant with federal good manufacturing practices, a system that ensures products are consistently produced and meet quality standards. "We want to be sure our consumers are fully protected".

Florida's share of a settlement with Johnson & Johnson over adulterated over-the-counter drugs will exceed $1.6 million, Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Wednesday. Class I recalls involve a reasonable probability that use or exposure to the drug may result in serious detrimental health consequences or death.

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