Sunday, June 06, 2010

Johnson and Johnson - Criminal Penalties

U. S. Food and Drug Administration have confirmed that criminal penalties could be levied against the Johnson & Johnson’s division. It is responsible for a huge recall of pediatric medications.

The agency is mulling additional actions against the Company for its noncompliance which may include seizures, injunction or criminal penalties. The news was confirmed by Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, FDA's Principal Deputy Commissioner. The evidence collected so far indicated a lot of problems with the Company.

Due to flaws in manufacturing and quality-control procedures, more than 136 million bottles of liquid children's drugs, including Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl were recalled on April 30. It is alleged that these medicines may have been full of inactive ingredients that failed testing, bits of metal or too much active ingredient.

This is not the first time such a recall has been ordered. This has prompted the lawmakers to question the Company’s integrity. It is also responsible for delaying reporting of problems to the FDA.

The agency has referred that latest case to FDA’s office of criminal investigation. This unit works closely with the Justice Department.Senators feel that the actions of the Company reveal that it is deceptive, dishonest and willing to put the health of children at risk. Health experts also feel that despite being such a big Company, it failed to act responsibly and enforce strict quality control.

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