Jun 1, 2010 1:58 PM by Greg Boyce

Instead of a recall, company accused of buying up defective pills

Congressional Democrats are investigating an alleged phantom recall by Johnson & Johnson, in which the company hired a contractor to buy up defective painkillers instead of issuing an immediate recall.

The company's handling of problems with its Motrin tablets came to light last week at a Congressional hearing to examine ongoing quality issues with J&J medications.
According to a memo obtained by Congress, the contractor instructed employees to 'act like a regular' customer when purchasing the packets of Motrin. J&J later recalled the medication after Food and Drug Administration officials learned about the contractor purchases.

The chairman of the House investigations committee asks J&J to turn over more information in a May 28 letter.


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