Pa. to get $1.4 million from settlement with Tylenol-maker

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43 state Attorneys General finalized a $33 million settlement with the maker of Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and other common over-the-counter drugs, McNeil-PPC Inc., in the wake of allegations that the pharmaceutical manufacturer distributed contaminated products and unlawfully promoted them.

Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division did not admit to violating any state law or regulation, or admit to any wrongdoing.

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.

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Medications that were recalled included Tylenol, Tylenol for children and infants, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph aspirin, Rolaids and Zyrtec, according to the complaint IL filed against the company.

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"It's important that companies like these play by the rules, especially when we trust our health to their products", Wasden says.

According to the complaint, J&J's McNeil-PPC Inc. subsidiary marketed over-the-counter drugs as complying with federal Good Manufacturing Practices between 2009 and 2011 when not all of its plants met those standards. Missouri is among states participating in the settlement. However, an investigation conducted by the FDA and Attorneys General across the country revealed that a number of McNeil manufacturing facilities and the medications they produced did not meet the national cGMP standards. Class I recalls involve a reasonable probability that use or exposure to the drug may result in serious detrimental health consequences or death.

The settlement was announced Wednesday by attorneys general from the states.

"This case called into question the production of some of the most trusted and well-known brands available to consumers in CT and across the country", Attorney General George Jepsen said in a written statement.

In a statement, Shapiro said Pennyslvania's share of the settelement "will be used to fund future consumer protection efforts across the Commonwealth".