Johnson & Johnson Faces FDA Sanctions and Fines for Delayed Defect Reporting

The ongoing quality issues with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) products has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct an investigation into yet another department of the this company, according to The Associated Press.

The current department of J&J that has fallen under the scrutiny of the FDA is Animas Corp., which makes insulin pumps for diabetics. Animas has been given an FDA warning that if it does not resolve its violations in a timely manner, it faces fines, as well as other sanctions. These violations include: delaying disclosure of serious injuries to patients and selling faulty insulin pumps. The faulty pumps include the OneTouch Ping and 2020.

Animas has until January 20, 2012 to provide an explanation for why it continued to sell pumps known to fail and a plan to resolve its failure and/or delay in timely reporting of incidents where the faulty pumps may have contributed to or caused serious injury or death. The company had never reported one serious injury complaint and delayed reporting two others. All three patients were hospitalized with respiratory failure, dangerously high blood sugar, coma, and diabetic ketoacidosis, a life-threatening complication resulting from a lack of insulin.

The New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson has recalled almost 30 products since September 2009, including millions of bottles of Motrin, Tylenol, and other non-prescription medications, defective hip implants, prescription medications for HIV and seizures, and contact lenses.

When product manufacturers fail to properly test, evaluate and report with regard to the safety of a product, and/or fails to protect consumers and patients from known defective products, they may be liable for any injuries and damages resulting from the use of those products.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product in New Jersey, you may be entitled to pursue a civil lawsuit to recover economically for the injuries and other damages sustained.

The experienced NJ defective product attorneys at Blume Forte can examine the details of your potential case to determine whether you may have a meritorious claim. Call us for a no-cost consultation at (973) 635-5400.

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