Philadelphia personal injury attorneys of Messa & Associates report that McNeil Consumer Healthcare has announced a recall of seven lots of grape-flavored Infants Tylenol. Approximately 574,000 1 oz. bottles of Oral Suspension Infants’ Tylenol are included in the recall.
McNeil has received complaints from consumers having difficulty using the Infants’ Tylenol SimpleMeasure dosing system. The SimpleMeasure dosing system includes a dosing syringe, which a parent or caregiver inserts into a protective cover, or “flow restrictor,” at the top of the bottle to measure the proper dose. The flow restrictor was pushed into the bottle when inserting the syringe in some of the affected bottles.
Grape 1 oz. bottles of Oral Suspension Infants Tylenol with lots number BIL0U00, BIL0V00, BIL3500, BJL2D00, BJL2E00, BJL2T00 and BJL2U00 are included in the recall.
In December, Messa & Associates filed a lawsuit in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for the death of a two-year old boy, River Moore, after he ingested tainted Very Berry Children’s Tylenol.
River’s parents gave him a dose of Very Berry Children’s Tylenol after he developed a moderate fever. Within 30 minutes, River began spitting up blood as his liver was being destroyed by the tainted drug. The child died the following day. The Children’s Tylenol had been manufactured by McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
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.
McNeil has had quality control problems dating back to at least 2004 and has admitted to a “stealth” recall of at least one product after it was found to be deficient. In the three years before the death of River Moore, the Fort Washington McNeil plant was repeatedly criticized by the FDA for its deficiencies. The plant was permanently closed in April 2010 when a recall was initiated after some of McNeil’s products were allegedly contaminated with foreign materials due to an equipment-cleaning problem. At least 40 products manufactured at McNeil plants have been recalled in recent years, including the largest recall of children and infant medicine in history.
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.
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