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Tylenol Poisoning #100937

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 14, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Johnson and Johnson, mfrs. of Tylenol, reported offering reward for arrest and conviction of anyone involved in cyanide contamination of its capsule form Tylenol; New York district attorney said believing tampering may have occurred at site of manufacturer

(NYC: Bettina Gregory) Status of Tylenol capsule recall indicated on map; discovery yesterday of more Tylenol contaminated with cyanide chemically identical to that which killed Diane Elsroth Saturday noted. [Johnson and Johnson chairperson James BURKE - explains not issuing national recall.] [Dist. attorney Carl VERGARI - feels contamination occurred during manufacturing process.] Cyanide found so far said chemically different from that used to kill several in Chicago 3 years ago. New York trio arrested in case thought perpetrating fraud rather than being actual poisoners; details given.

(DC: Barry Serafin) Pharmaceutical industry's security measures imposed after 1982 Tylenol contaminations reviewed; scenes shown. [BURKE - questions ability to improve upon tamper-resistant package already created.] [Proprietary Association spokesperson Jack WALDEN - cites impossibility of making totally tamper proof package] ["Food and Drug Packaging" editor Bob BENCHLEY - agrees, explains.] [WALDEN - comments.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) commissioner Dr. Frank YOUNG - explains precautions available to consumer; discusses public's reaction so far.]

Gregory, Bettina;
Jennings, Peter;
Serafin, Barry

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