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Tylenol #520551

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 05, 1982
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(Studio) Strychnine-laced Tylenol reported discovered in north California; details given.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Discovery of poisoned Tylenol at Longs Drug Store in Oroville examined; Greg Blagg said recovering from strychnine poisoning. [Longs manager Ronald TOSSANO - will cooperate with investigation by Johnson and Johnson, parent company of McNeil Consumer Prods., and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) inquiry.] Strychnine's characteristics described. Johnson and Johnson's withdrawal of capsules from retailers noted. [Johnson and Johnson chairperson Wayne NELSON - considers situation a deliberate attempt to sabotage company and example of indiscriminate murder.] Drug industry and government representatives noted meeting to discuss new package designs aimed at preventing tampering. [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) chairperson Dr. Arthur Hull HAYES - acknowledges presence of evil people.] Details of California strychnine case outlined.
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Studio) Impact of poisoning on Johnson and Johnson stock described.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Studio) Chicago authorities said continuing investigation into cyanide-laced Tylenol.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Chicago, Illinois) Funeral services for Stanley, Theresa and Adam Janus examined; films shown. [Archbishop Joseph BERNARDIN - blesses bodies.] Investigators' efforts to determine source of cyanide described. [Illinois attorney general Tyrone FAHNER - is working with FBI to determine if California case is linked.] Apparent lack of progress in investigation mentioned.
REPORTER: Jim Cummins

Brokaw, Tom;
Cummins, Jim;
Hager, Robert;
Mudd, Roger

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