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August 7, 2006

$5 Million Verdict Rendered Against Manufacturer of Infant Tylenol

A Philadelphia jury has returned a $5 million verdict against McNeil-PPC, the manufacturers of Tylenol products, for failure to warn of the risks of overdose when using Infant Tylenol.  The plaintiffs were the family of a one-year-old child who died of liver damage.  The family claimed that the death resulted from an accidental overdose of the over-the-counter drug caused by the manufacturer's failure to warn of the risks of such an overdose.  Infant Tylenol is more potent than Children's Tylenol to make it easier to administer to infants.  The label advised that a doctor should be consulted about the proper dosage for a child meeting the age and weight description of the plaintiffs' son.  The plaintiff's argued that they did not know that the drug was made in a concentrated form and that the risk warnings in the drug's labelling were inadequate.  See Gina Passarella's story in The Legal Intelligencer.

JDP

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