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Tylenol Poisoning #308271

CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 14, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Susan Spencer) Withdrawal of Tylenol capsules nationwide, Johnson and Johnson's suspension of production and offer of reward for info. leading to convictions said coming after discovery of more cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules in New York. [Johnson and Johnson chairperson James BURKE - considers such poisonings an act of terrorism.] Cyanide discovered most recently said chemically identical to that which killed Diane Elsroth. [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) commissioner Dr. Frank YOUNG - favors local occurrence theory.] Tylenol's security precautions since 1982 poisonings reviewed. [The Proprietary Association spokesperson Jack WALDEN - cites industry's frustrations.] [WOMAN - questions future of capsules in general]

(NYC: Harold Dow) Public's concern in Westchester Cnty., New York, over poisonings examined; scenes shown. [PEOPLE - comment.] [Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Joel PARKER - resents world's attention on cnty.] Arrest of suspects noted. [Police chief Carl STEINMULLER - doesn't believe extortionist is suspect in actual poisonings.] [Dist. attorney Carl VERGARI - cites ease in obtaining cyanide.] Chicago murders noted still unsolved.

(NYC: Jane Bryant Quinn) Impact of poisoning scare on Johnson and Johnson stock described; company's 1985 profits reviewed. [BURKE - cites economy importance of Tylenol to Johnson and Johnson.] Prod.'s revival after 1982 poisonings recalled. [Stk. analyst Lorraine SCHWARZ - thinks company will recover its equilibrium.]

Dow, Harold;
Quinn, Jane Bryant;
Rather, Dan;
Spencer, Susan

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