NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 14, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Reward offered by Johnson and Johnson for cyanide contamination of Tylenol capsules reported; merchants' nationwide withdrawal of prod. from shelves despite FDA's limited warning noted. 1982 Chicago area deaths from cyanide-laced Tylenol recalled; security precautions taken with Tylenol packaging after those deaths cited.
(DC: Robert Hager) Cyanide used in New York said chemically identical to that used to kill Diane Elsroth. [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) commissioner Frank YOUNG - announces findings.] Focus of investigation so far discussed; package's security precautions described, demonstrated. States' efforts to remove Tylenol from shelves noted. [Consumer Pat TAYLOR, WOMAN - cite public's fear.]
(Bronxville, New York: Jennifer McLogan) Status of FBI and Westchester Cnty. officials' investigation examined. [Dist. attorney Carl VERGARI - considers questions remaining unanswered.] Extortion letter sent local police quoted on screen; suspects arrested as result said not considered suspects in actual poisoning. [Police Chief Carl STEINMULLER - thinks letter was fraud.] Police inquiry into Elsroth's death said focusing on boyfriend and his family until 2nd bottle of contaminated Tylenol was found. [Debbie MARCANO - hopes niece's friends will now be left alone.] [PEOPLE - comment.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(NYC: Irving R. Levine) Econ. impact of Tylenol poisonings on Johnson and Johnson examined; product's sales last year outlined on screen. [Company chairperson James BURKE - cites company's recurring fear of just such scenario.] Johnson and Johnson stock activity today described. [E.F. Hutton spokesperson Mary YOST - cites market's concern.] Johnson and Johnson's success in reviving Tylenol after Chicago murders reviewed. [Publicist Robert ROTHENBERG - doesn't believe public confidence will be re-won so easily.] [BURKE - expects loss of business]