Parents of a local 3-month-old are taking legal action after they said their child died taking contaminated infant-formula liquid Tylenol.
The infant, Markus Cherry, received a prescription for Tylenol after receiving vaccinations at a checkup in April 2010, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Tylenol was given to relieve any discomfort from the shots, and Markus left the pediatrician's office with a clean bill of health, according to the lawsuit filed in Cook County against McNeil PPC and Johnson & Johnson by Markus' parents. The infant became sick shortly after and died three days later.
Two weeks after the boy's death, the FDA found bacteria contamination in the drugs, issuing a recall for Tylenol Infant Drops. The lawsuit claims, however, the company issued a “stealth recall,” hiring a private company to buy the entire stock of the tainted drugs from retailers instead of making a formal recall notice and warning consumers not to buy the drugs.
The contaminated drugs were found at the Fort Washington, Pa., plant.