For more than a century, Johnson & Johnson has grown to become a household name for consumer health care products. Among its most well-known consumer products are the over-the-counter (OTC) products like Band-Aid Brand line of bandages, Tylenol painkillers, and Johnson’s baby products.
But in recent years, the trustworthiness of the company’s products has come into question with multiple recalls and safety concerns. Here are some Johnson & Johnson consumer products that have raised red flags – and sparked lawsuits:
2010 Recall of OTC Children’s Medicines
Johnson & Johnson manufactures a variety of over-the-counter medicines for children and adults. In 2010, the company recalled 43 varieties of OTC medicines for children including Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl. The recall was initiated after a routine inspection at the company’s manufacturing plant in Fort Washington, Penn., revealed quality control issues including higher concentration of active ingredients in some medicines.
2010-11 Recall of OTC Medicines
Later in 2010, after receiving reports that bottles of Tylenol and other over-the-counter medicines for adults smelled funny, the company issued a separate recall. The odor was later found to be caused by 2,4,6-tribromophenol, a product used to treat wooden pallets on which product packaging materials were transported and stored.
Johnson’s Baby Powder
Touted as safe enough for babies, Johnson’s Baby Powder, as well as its other talc-containing products such as Shower to Shower body powder, have been linked to cases of ovarian cancer when used on the genitals for personal hygiene. A jury found Johnson & Johnson negligent for failing to warn women of this risk but the company refuses to add warnings to the products’ labels.
Source: Righting Injustice