Johnson & Johnson issued yet another recall March 2, 2011. This one for 585,000 surgical sutures that, due to a packaging defect may not have been sterile.
The Wall Street Journal’s health blog is keeping a running list of Johnson & Johnson’s recalls and reports that the sutures make six this year. Last month, the company recalled 667,000 Sudafed packages whose instructions contained a potentially confusing double-negative typo: “do not not divide, crush, chew or dissolve the tablet.” Before that, it recalled almost 400 injection pens that may not have delivered a full dose of the rheumatoid-arthritis drug with which they were pre-loaded, vials of a liquid wound sealant that were reportedly discolored, and syringes that—well, you get the idea. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company’s recalls in 2010 cost it about $900 million in sales.
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