In addition to reforming these practices, the corporation has agreed to pay New York State a total of $1.3 million. The company was accused of unlawfully promoting drugs as complying with federally-mandated current Good Manufacturing Practices, despite FDA findings that some McNeil manufacturing facilities did not comply with the practices between 2009 and 2011.
"We're proud Pennsylvania helped lead this national effort to ensure health care companies are held accountable when they mislead customers about the quality of the products they put into the marketplace", said Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who spearheaded the effort.
Shares of J&J are slightly lower in afternoon trading.
McNeil paid a criminal fine of $20 million and forfeited $5 million to the U.S. Department of Justice.
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In their complaint, the states said it was "false" and "misleading" for McNeil to sell drugs "represented to be of a certain quality" that complied with federal guidelines. The recalls came amid reports of product oddities, including strange odors and particles found in liquid medicines that the company produced.
Other attorneys general issued similar statements about their tolerance for marketing metal-laden or musty meds to the people of their states and districts.
"It is vital that the over-the counter-drugs Vermonters take be safe and unadulterated, especially those given to children", said Attorney General Donovan.
The company's alleged quality control lapses resulted in recalls of many of its drugs manufactured between 2009 to 2011 including several used for pediatric or infant use. West Virginia will receive more than $440,000 as part of the settlement. Class I recalls involve a reasonable probability that use or exposure to the drug may result in serious detrimental health consequences or death.