Maker of Children’s Tylenol Plead Guilty of Selling Contaminated Drugs

childrens tylenol(NaturalHealth365) U.S News reports that children’s and infant’s liquid Tylenol was knowingly sold containing heavy metals for over a year. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, which is a subsidiary of the Johnson & Johnson company, was given a federal criminal charge over the issue – to which the company plead guilty. The contaminated medicine that was sold was over-the-counter, so an unknown number of people purchased it and gave it to their children, thinking it was a safe product.

Nickel, chromium, and iron particles were integrated into the liquid medicine during the manufacturing process and the company knew about this for at least a year – yet, did nothing to prevent or correct the contamination. To resolve the case and get the Justice Department to back off, Reuter’s reports the company agreed to pay a $25 million fine. It continues to make infant and children’s liquid Tylenol.

Heavy metal contamination can take years to become noticeable

While no reports of injuries have come in, it often takes years for heavy metal contamination to become apparent. The children who were given the contaminated medicine may have health problems later in life because of it. Chelation therapy or other protocols may be required for many of them to detox from the metals, while others may never know the cause of any related illnesses they develop when they are older.

This is not the first time Tylenol has had ‘quality control’ problems.

Beginning in 2009, infant’s liquid Tylenol made by the company was found to have metal fragments in it. The company investigated, but nothing was done, and the product continued to be sold, though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers to stop using the product. In spite of this recommendation, the product was not recalled. If this was a vitamin company – the FDA would shut it done.

The pharmaceutical industry is loaded with ‘quality control’ issues

This is a problem in the pharmaceutical industry as a whole, but such problems rarely come to light in such a spectacular fashion as it has with this particular case. The Department of Justice has vowed to seek out and punish companies in the pharmaceutical industry that release contaminated medicines, especially over-the-counter ones that are designed for children and infants.

So, what are the alternatives to Children’s Tylenol?

In light of the problems discovered with the quality of children’s Tylenol products, and with the seriousness of the known Tylenol side effects, it is a good idea for parents to look into alternatives.  Fortunately, there are many natural pain relieving alternatives that do not have the Tylenol side effects (such as liver toxicity), and are pleasing to infants and children.

Herbs such as turmeric, ginger and valerian root plus fruit like cherries can help to relieve pain – without the negative Tylenol side effects – and can easily be given to children and infants. These are much better choices for parents and children, and will assure the safety of the kids who need pain relief.

The safety of manufactured drugs obviously cannot be trusted, and their side effects make natural alternatives the smart, obvious choice.  If you suffer with chronic pain, you may want to look into the health benefits of willow bark, and skullcap – which is particularly good for anxiety, nervous tension and convulsions.

Obviously, when dealing with serious health issues, it’s always best to find a trusted (well-trained) physician to help guide you through the healing process. If your doctor is unaware of the value of herbal medicine or natural remedies – find another doctor.


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Caroline Heinemann has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Concordia Teachers College in Seward Nebraska. She has coordinated a variety of educational programs in her local community and conducts regional business training events and teleconference training calls. She become personally interested in health when she experienced some personal health issues and found that alternative medicine has been the key to her health. She shares tips on staying healthy. She is a former and teacher and has owned her own health education business for the past 30 years

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