Excedrin/Gas X/NoDoz recalled (January 2012) by Novartis (Switzerland) and plant closed in Lincoln, Nebraska after complaints that “stray” small crumbs or pellets of opioid meds like Percocet, Endocet and Zydone were “inadvertently” mixed with the OTC meds. MSNBC.
Infant Tylenol, artificial hips, contact lenses recalled (February 2012) by Johnson & Johnson/Merck (USA). The infant Tylenol is the grape flavored formula for infants younger than two years old. Some dosing problem with the design of the bottle. MSNBC.
CVS liquid antacid this week (April 2012) recalled after a previous recall in 2010 of Motrin, Benadryl, Mylanta, St. Joseph Aspirin, Rolaids, Pepcid and regular Tylenol by Johnson and Johnson/Merck (USA) because the label did not specify the alcohol content of the product. 18 other antacids have been subject to recall. USAToday
Benefiber, Maalox recalled by Novartis (Switzerland) and from the same Lincoln, Nebraska plant which manufactured the Excedrin, Gas X, NoDoz also recalled. January 2012. FiercePharma.com
I just stumbled upon this. For weeks, I have been wondering why Benefiber was never available at any pharmacy or grocery store shelves so today I asked.
Pharmacists didn’t know, called the Manager.
Manager confirmed a recall, didn’t know why.
Manager also confirmed the other recalls indicated above but DID NOT KNOW WHY and several times “blamed” someone “finding a hair or something in it”. I told her that I had a Ph.D.; and that I understood statistics and probability; and that I could virtually GUARANTEE HER at a >p value of 99.999% that finding a “stray hair” was NOT the reason.
Robotic android automatons just mindlessly “doing their job” and not having the LEAST BIT OF (natural) HUMAN CURIOSITY about WTF let alone feel ANY RESPONSIBILITY to the customers to HAVE THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE.
She suggested that I try to “Google it”. Why TF should I have to “Google it”? Why TF didn’t she/they know chapter and verse? I thought but held my tongue about what “she should do with Google.”
Had to do some old fashioned research and reporting to come up with this.
There seems to be a pattern here. Several patterns.
But the corporations seemed to rely on “geez we don’t know what the Hell happened” or the “bad apple spoils a barrel” or maybe even the “lone nut” or “lone gunman” or it was just “an accident” or it was “inadvertent” or “this is just a precaution”.
One problem here is that the FDA is acting like the Securities and Exchange Commission letting Citibank (and others) off the hook by assessing a minimal fine and not forcing them to admit/plead guilty to the charges. These were, ahem, “voluntary recalls”, when the FDA should have just Shut Them Down and launched a criminal investigation.
But, like prosecuting the CEOs and Boards of the Big Banksters on Wall Street, I guess we will have to wait until “Hell freezes over” for any of that to happen.
Did NOT go to the FDA website, afraid of what else I might find.
Is all this yet another sign of the looming apocalypse?
P.S. Johnson and Johnson stock UP. Merck stock UP. Novartis stock UP. If there were an authentic, “real” free market in existence, these corporations would have massive drops in stock price and perhaps collapse into bankruptcy. The fact that they haven’t is further proof that the system is impervious to any change whatsoever; there is no such thing as a “free market”; that there is NO Authentic Adam Smith Capitalism on Wall Street; and the, in any case, there is
NO CONSCIENCE in Capitalism.