J&J Execs Briefed on "Phantom Recall" of Motrin
WASHINGTON (AP) - Documents obtained by The Associated Press indicate Johnson & Johnson executives were briefed on an outside contractor's plan to buy up defective painkillers instead of
issuing a recall.
Emails sent to J&J last spring by contractor Inmar show the company was informed that the plan to purchase thousands of packets of Motrin could "draw scrutiny."
Lawmakers began scrutinizing the J&J after a slew of product recalls, most recently involving dozens of children's medicines.
The communication between J&J and the contractor appears to contradict testimony from a J&J executive, who told lawmakers last month that J&J was unaware of the plan to use contractors posing as customers to buy the defective products off retail shelves.
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