Settlement Reached in Case of Improper Recall of Pharmaceuticals

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says the state has reached a settlement in an investigation into allegations that a subsidiary of a pharmaceutical company improperly recalled over-the-counter drugs. Strange said in a statement Wednesday that the state has reached a settlement with McNeil-PPC, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. The attorney general says the probe was linked to allegations that the company recalled certain drugs in 2009 and sent people into stores to buy and remove the products instead of conducting an open recall. Strange says the state has settled the probe for $500,000 to cover attorney fees and the cost of the investigation. Strange says the agreement also calls for the company to follow Food and Drug Administration best practices during future recalls.


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