The makers of Tylenol have just agreed to pay a $25 Million settlement to resolve lawsuits arising out of the sale – including the manufacture and processing – of contaminated over-the-counter medicines. These medicines included Motrin, Benadryl and Tylenol, including substantial batches of products intended for infants and children. The medicines, which were produced containing metal particles, were recalled in 2010. However, as acknowledged by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, the company failed to take such corrective action soon enough after discovering the adulterated bottles of Infants' and Children's Tylenol and Children's Motrin. According to prosecutors in the matter, the company knew about the contamination for more than a year before issuing the recall.
Companies have a duty to ensure the products they place into the stream of commerce do not place consumers in an unreasonable risk of harm. Where defects exist placing innocent individuals at risk, the company may be held responsible in a product liability/defective product lawsuit.
Their failure to be responsible and exercise reasonable care for the safety of consumers is unacceptable.
For more information, or if you or a loved one has been injured by a defective drug or other consumer product, we urge you to contact the experienced San Francisco product liability lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate confidential consultation.