Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Former employee says 1982 Tylenol murders were inside job |

CHICAGO -- A former employee of Johnson & Johnson has written a book about the still-unsolved 1982 Tylenol poisonings in which he suggests the pills were tampered with in the drug company's distribution channels, rather than in retail stores.

The so-called "Tylenol murders" killed seven people in the Chicago area who took pain-relief capsules laced with potassium cyanide. The deaths sparked a nationwide scare and led product tampering to be declared a federal crime.

Scott Bartz's book "The Tylenol Mafia: Marketing, Murder, and Johnson & Johnson," also accuses the drug company of conducting a cover-up to avoid liability.

Johnson & Johnson said that Bartz's theory has no merit.

The FBI says its Tylenol investigation is still active, but so far, no one has come forward with enough evidence to press charges.

Bartz told the Daily Herald that he currently has two unrelated lawsuits pending against Johnson & Johnson.

One accuses the company of Medicaid fraud by inflating the price of a prescription drug. The other was filed under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, which prohibits retaliation against whistle-blowers.

The lawsuits were filed in 2005, before Bartz was terminated by the company.

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