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In the wake of the recent recall of children’s Tynelol, Motrin, and other Johnson & Johnson products due to filthy conditions in the company’s Philadelphia-area manufacturing plant, the FDA is now investigating reports of at least 775 serious side effects from drugs recalled by McNeil, which is owned by Johnson & Johnson.

Included in the reports were 30 deaths, nearly all of which were found to not be tied to McNeil’s recall of Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl drugs from Jan. 1, 2008 through April 30, 2010.

The FDA is also investigating reports of several hundred serious side effects — or "adverse events" — and seven deaths since May 1, when McNeil recalled 50 children’s versions of these non-prescription medicines because of serious quality and safety concerns.

Adverse event reports are consumer complaints of a serious side effect associated with the use of a medical product, according to the FDA. Adverse events could include death, hospitalization, disability and other health complications. –CNN

The recalled drugs that caused these “adverse events” include all Tylenol Arthritis Pain 100 count bottles with red EZ-open caps as well as regular Tynenol and Motrin bottles.

Apparently, the FDA is maintaining that there is little potential for these drugs to cause people serious harm. As usual, this underfunded agency is taking a wait-and-see approach to Americans’ health that serves the drug companies while putting the rest of us at an unknown degree of risk. For the safety of you and your family, please discontinue use of all Johnson & Johnson and MacNeil over-the-counter products and find a substitute until these companies offer us more than lip service to ensure the quality of their products.

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