Hakan Erdemir, a Johnson & Johnson executive who was named in the government legal action that accused the company’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit of manufacturing deficiencies, has left the division. According to a document filed in federal court in Philadelphia, he has moved to Switzerland as he holds the position of vice president of planning for Johnson & Johnson consumer products for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region.
Erdemir was vice president of operations for over-the-counter products at McNeil. McNeil has undergone several management changes following a string of product recalls of popular brands, including the April 2010 recall of Tylenol, Motrin and other brands that the government has described as one of the largest recalls of children’s medicines in history. He was one of two McNeil officers named as defendants, along with McNeil, in a complaint for injunctive relief filed by the government in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in March 2011.
In July 2012, Erdemir filed a motion in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to be released from the provisions of the consent decree because of his job change. U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter granted the request.
The attorneys at Messa & Associates have filed two lawsuits in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in cases involving children who ingested Tylenol and later died. In both cases, the children had no history of liver problems and both vomited blood after their mothers gave them appropriate doses of Tylenol. Each child developed liver failure and then died as a result of that liver failure.
Tylenol contains the active ingredient acetaminophen which has the potential to cause liver damage and even death when taken in large doses. Acetaminophen causes three times as many cases of liver failure as all other drugs combined, and is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States.
The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling cases involving pharmaceutical and drug product injuries. Our extremely skilled team of personal injury attorneys and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you have been injured by Tylenol or any other pharmaceutical drug or have endured any other type of personal injury, contact the personal injury attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw or submit a free online inquiry.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More