Congress to investigate Tylenol, Zyrtec plant

May 18, 2010 2:11:17 PM PDT
The House Committee on Oversight says it is launching its own investigation into production and quality control problems that forced the recall last month of millions of Tylenol, Zyrtec, Benedryl, and Motrin products.

Meantime, the Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania, plant continues to be shut down, and those products are off the shelves of the nation's pharmacies and stores.

The April 30th recall came after a 12-day inspection of the plant by FDA officers. It uncovered numerous problems, including bacterial contamination of raw materials used in the over-the-counter kids' medications.

In announcing the hearings, the committee noted that this is the third recall of McNeil products in the last 8 months.

McNeil is a division of Johnson & Johnson, and the committee has asked William Weldon, chairman and CEO of J & J., to be its first witness.