Shuttered Tylenol Plant Had Troubling Pattern of Problems

Should Tylenol have been recalled sooner? FDA inspection reports going back to 2003 paint a queasy picture.

CNNMoney checked out FDA inspection reports of the closed-down Fort Washington, PA plant at the epicenter of the recent Tylenol and other OTC drug recalls.

The found a pattern of safety concerns that only seem to grow of over the years, including ignoring written and oral complaints about their products and not establishing scientifically sound quality control procedures, both of which are pretty huge violation, according to a drug industry expert:

“It seems that from 2006 and 2009, quality and safety issues worsened at the plant,” said one expert who did not want to be named. “It looks like there was a change in the quality assurance management at this facility during that time. Something as little as that can have a big impact on the entire operation.”

Tylenol plant: From bad to worse [CNN Money]


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  1. Seano666 says:

    Johnson and Johnson, a family poisoning company.

  2. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Buy Generic. I wash my hands of the whole thing.

    • jrwn says:

      aren’t alot of generic and name brand drugs made in the same plants?

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        You missed that Consumerist article I take it.

        Unless you’re referring to non-pharmaceuticals, then yes that is sometimes correct.

  3. smo0 says:

    MMmmm excedrin.

  4. ThinkerTDM says:

    It’s hard to pay stockholders and CEO’s if you spend all sorts of money on production controls. I’m actually surprised they didn’t have a production line of old men in tank tops, smoking and counting out pills by hand in an old warehouse. Well, maybe they did.

  5. microguy07828 says:

    Over the last two decades, I have worked with and for many Over the Counter (OTC) Drug manufacturers in the field of Quality Assurance.

    What amazes me is that producing Tylenol and Motrin is a very basic, straight-forward process. These are drugs that have been on the market for many years and no facility producing them is paving the way with new procedures and processes.

    Many facilities producing generic or similar versions of these drugs manage to do so successfully, on a much tighter budget.

    Johnson and Johnson has the money, expertise and experience to produce these products properly, in a safe manner. How they let could let this happen is incomprehensible.

  6. ChuckECheese says:

    I always figured a pain killer named Bayer Back and Body was made in a filthy dungeon.