Last month, Johnson & Johnson made the news with a huge recall of children's medicine, notably children's liquid Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec. This was the fourth recall of McNeil Consumer Healthcare (a division of Johnson & Johnson) products in the past year.
The sheer number of recalls and products involved has put a ding in Johnson & Johnson's reputation. But what's worse, the company is now accused of actually trying to hide one of these recalls from the public.
According to a recent article in the Washington Post, McNeil Consumer Healthcare tried to perform a "phantom recall" of defective Motrin last year by sending contractors around the country to buy up the medicine from stores without alerting regulators or the public.
The clandestine operation was discovered after one of the contractors accidentally dropped an instruction sheet on the floor of a store. Apparently, the FDA was then alerted and McNeil subsequently announced a recall of roughly 88,000 packages of the product.
As a result of these accusations, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is investigating the company.