J&J’ Deceptive Practices Brings $33 Mil Fine

//J&J’ Deceptive Practices Brings $33 Mil Fine

J&J’ Deceptive Practices Brings $33 Mil Fine

Alex Gorsky, CEO J&J

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 25, 2017 ~ For years, the healthcare giant has faced scrutiny over the cleanliness of its plants that produce its over-the-counter products.  

Now J&J must pay $33 million over its “deceptive practices.”

Fierce Pharma breaks the story this afternoon (here) of the $33 million fine Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay over its recall of millions of bottles of over-the-counter children’s medicines and the substandard plants they came from.

J&M will pay the money to 42 states and the District of Columbia after an agreement with the New York Attorney General’s office.  The company must also reform its marketing practices. See it here. 

Years ago, Food and Drug Administration inspectors found contamination in the vats that produced Children’s Tylenol and Motrin, including metal particles, reports Time.com.

That led to a recall  in 2010 of over-the-counter products including Infants’ Tylenol and Children’s Motrin.   Here is a list of the items that were recalled.

In 2008 to 2010, millions of bottles of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and other products made under the McNeil Consumer Healthcare banner. Not only metal particles but mold and labeling problems plagued the products.

As part of the agreement, J&J and its McNeil division, cannot say that its products meet acceptable Good Manufacturing Practices if a quality recall occurred over the past year.

Just two weeks ago, J&J resolved a similar case in the state of Oregon for $400,000. In that instance, J&J failed to announce a recall and instead sent undercover contractors into stores to retrieve the defective medications so the public wouldn’t know.

In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration conducted a series of inspections finding the Fort Washington, Pennsylvania plant found particulate contamination in the products. McNeil pled guilty and paid a $25 million fine.

Since then, the Pennsylvania plant has undergone $100 million in upgrades and reopened after it was shuttered by the FDA. ##

By | 2017-05-25T14:50:09+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Legal News|9 Comments

About the Author:

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.


  1. Terri L May 25, 2017 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    I have had 2 hernia surgeries. I’m now in pain management. When I was referred to pain management I was prescribed 4 pills a day. I went to an appt one day and was told the doctor read something in a magazine so he changed it to 3 pills a day. Im being prescribed from something out of a magazine not by what i need for my pain. The last hernia surgery I had the doctor said I was full of adhesions and my insides weren’t where they should be. I’ve had to close my business I have a lot of the problems that I understand are because of this mesh issue. I’m so frustrated I don’t know what to do anymore.

    • Kitty June 5, 2017 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Terri. I think that is the NEW RX used for pain management…3 Opiods per day. 3 per day will make u just as dependent as 4 per day..

    • Roger September 17, 2018 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      Phone or email the online law firms…..but caution is to everyone ….you must have revision surgery first….and what type of mesh was used in the original surgery is the crititera before they even think about going forward …..and they take only up to 45% of recovery…..that’s something…and also the statue of limitations is an issue……3- 7 years from the first time you file documents to court…….and not the time of the surgery…..hope this helps !!!!!!!

      • Jane Akre September 17, 2018 at 10:20 pm - Reply

        Statute of limitations vary according to your state. Check it online, they are not uniform.

  2. Never the Same May 31, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Where does that money go? Can it help victims?

    • Jane Akre May 31, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      It gets divided among the law firms…. those who did the most work, or are best positioned get the most.

    • Roger C September 17, 2018 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      One law firm said they will take only 40-45% and no other fees’s !

  3. diva64 June 8, 2017 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Lupus I have just been informed by my attorneys office is not a complication of mesh, I told him studies were definitely linking it as a effect of Mesh, that they need to look at the data.
    I did not agree to anything offered and told my attorneys that the women would be very foolish to do so….This might not be the exact place to state this however I felt many Mesh patients would see it here.

    • Anne June 25, 2017 at 7:26 am - Reply

      Same, same! Autoimmune diseases all new dice implant/explants! Not functioning well so my 1099 income has been zilch. Will NOT settle unless it’s reasonable…50% of what average jurors have awarded in my state. equal a min in 7 figures. Attorney is not negotiating well in my behalf. Feel like they work for the Mesh company.

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