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Child Dies After Consuming Tainted Medication

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According to Courthouse News, Daniel and Katy Moore of Pennsylvania recently filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, and more than a dozen other entities allegedly involved in a series of unfortunate events that led to the death of their son. River Moore, only two years old in July of 2010, was given Children’s Tylenol by his mother. Soon after, he became extremely sick and began vomiting. Later the next day, he died of liver failure.

According to the Moore’s injury lawyer, Johnson & Johnson knew of the toxic impurities contaminating the medication, but instead of issuing a mass recall of the drug, they allegedly embarked on a ‘phantom’ mission to clear the shelves of the tainted substance. They achieved this by sending in contractors to buy out all of the medicine.

Internal emails sent between McNeil executives allegedly stated that the company was attempting to avoid a recall, and that by sending in the contractors to pose as regular customers and clear the shelves made the situation “a major win for us as it limits the press that will be seen.” McNeil-PPC issued a recall of approximately 40 types of children’s and infant liquid medications, including Tylenol, on April 30, 2010, stating problems with filth and contamination at the plant in Fort Washington, PA. The plant has since closed down.

In situations like this, it’s crucial to have an injury lawyer who is familiar with these types of cases and understands the law. A lawyer can provide legal representation to those who have been injured either physically or emotionally due to negligence or careless acts such as the case above. The accused can either be an individual or a company. Case examples include anything from vehicular accidents, medical malpractice, all the way to wrongful death. If you or someone you know needs representation, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney with The Pearce Law Firm today and protect your rights.

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