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Breaking: Tylenol maker to pay $25 million for selling metal-contaminated children’s drugs

Breaking: Tylenol maker to pay $25 million for selling metal-contaminated children’s drugs

A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary agreed to plead guilty late Tuesday to federal criminal charges of selling liquid drugs for children contaminated with metals.


It comes as no surprise that yet another drug company pleads  guilty today to  criminal charges, but we’re   a bit shocked they only have to pay  a mere $25 million for the irreversible  damage they have done.

The contaminated drugs (some listed below) were given to infants, kids and adults. From the Reuters piece just out:

There were far-reaching multiple recalls… involving hundreds of millions of bottles and packages of consumer brands such as Tylenol, Motrin, Rolaids, Benadryl and other products due to faulty manufacturing. The recalls kept widely used products such as Children’s Tylenol off pharmacy shelves and seriously tarnished J&J’s once-sterling reputation.

A manufacturer of over-the-counter infant’s and children’s liquid medications has agreed to plead guilty to a federal criminal charge that it sold products that contained metal particles.

Court documents unsealed Tuesday say McNeil Consumer Healthcare, of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, will acknowledge selling adulterated bottles of Infants’ and Children’s Tylenol and Children’s Motrin. The company agreed to pay $25 million to resolve the case.

Court documents say metal particles, including nickel, iron and chromium, were introduced during the manufacturing process. Prosecutors said McNeil failed to take immediate steps to fix the problem.

What is more amazing is how ineffective the FDA was in all of this.  From another article (Reuters)

  In addition to metal particles getting into liquid medicines, there were moldy odors and labeling problems. For example, the label for Sudafed allergy tablets incorrectly repeated the word “not” to say “do not not divide, crush, chew or dissolve the tablet.”

In the case involving metal particles, the troubles began in May 2009 when a consumer complained after noticing “black specks” in the bottom of a bottle of Infants’ Tylenol. The specks were found to be nickel and chromium particles.

So children and adults  were ingesting moldy products with nickel, chromium and iron?  I hardly think 25 million will pay the bill (where does the money even go?) How do we know these babies and kids (and adults) didn’t develop something serious as a result of  being unknowingly given metals and possible mold. How did mold  and metal even get into the products in the first place? If it’s hundreds of millions of bottles of drugs can we even track who was injured (or who might have died from a drug interaction (or should we say metal interaction) Do we even know the quantities of metal? I imagine a newborn ingesting a ton of nickel is not a good thing.

The articles also explain that Johnson & Johnson went down $900 million in sales and is no longer the trusted brand they once were (really? I never trusted them and always had bad allergic reactions to their baby shampoo which was anything but “natural”)  Perhaps the tides are finally turning and folks will finally learn that these drug and chemical companies cannot be trusted. If you buy your cleaning products, drugs that you feed your infants and children, shampoos and soaps to wash your child  from drug companies-  you’re not doing your due diligence. Check out organic products without the harmful chemicals (or free doses of metals added) and do yourself and your family a favor by dumping these harmful companies that obviously do not care about you or the health of your child and where money is the bottom line for them. At any cost.





Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear host, suspended by BBC after ‘fracas’

Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear host, suspended by BBC after ‘fracas’


Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC “following a fracas” with a producer.

The corporation said the 54-year-old presenter had been suspended “pending an investigation”.

“No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday,” it said.

Clarkson was given what he called his “final warning” last May after claims he used a racist word while filming the popular BBC motoring show.

At the time, he said the BBC had told him he would be sacked if he made “one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time”.

The BBC gave no further details on the current incident involving Clarkson, and said it would not be making any further statements at this time.

Clarkson’s representatives have yet to reply to requests for a comment.

The presenter himself has remained silent, however last month he tweeted a post saying a “new presenter for Top Gear” was wanted.

“Applicant should be old, badly dressed and pedantic but capable of getting to work on time,” he said.

Top Gear

This weekend’s episode of Top Gear was set to feature Clarkson – who has fronted the show since 2002 – along with regular co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May at a classic track day.

Former footballer and pundit Gary Lineker was also to appear as the “star in a reasonably priced car”.

Lineker has now tweeted, writing: “I don’t think I’m ever meant to appear on Top Gear!”

‘Strong character’

Former Top Gear presenter Chris Goffey told BBC Radio 5 live while discussions on the programme sometimes became heated when he worked on the show, “it must have been something fairly serious behind the scenes to warrant his immediate suspension.

“I can’t think what the hell’s gone on, but there you go. When you’ve got a very strong character who likes things his own way, if somebody stands up to him, there’s going to be a row.”

Clarkson has courted controversy on several occasions during his time hosting Top Gear.

Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in the Top Gear Burma specialTop Gear was censured by Ofcom for using a “racial” term in its Burma special programme

The show’s executive producer, Andy Wilman, described last year as “an annus horribilis” for the programme.

It followed an incident in Argentina where the presenters and crew were forced to flee the country after trouble erupted over a number plate reading H982 FLK – which some suggested referred to the Falklands conflict of 1982.

Last year the show was also censured by Ofcom for breaching broadcasting rules after Clarkson used a derogatory word for Asian people during its Burma special programme.

TV critic Toby Earle told the BBC he was not surprised a Clarkson’s suspension. “This incident is the one that’s really forced management to take action,” he said.

“Part of the show’s appeal, to many viewers, has been it’s sort of edginess and the fact that it’s rough around the edges – in some ways takes no prisoners.

“But of course there is a very delicate line to tread with that, and it has crossed that line I feel.”


With Clarkson at its head, Top Gear has been no stranger to controversy.

  • October 2014 – The show’s stars and crew had to abandon filming in Argentina amid angry protests over a car number plate that appears to refer to the Falklands War.
  • July 2014 – Ofcom ruled that a Burma Special in which Jeremy Clarkson used a racial slur broke broadcasting rules. Clarkson had used the word “slope” as an Asian man crossed a newly built bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand.
  • May 2014 – The programme drew complaints when video footage leaked to the Daily Mirror appeared to show Jeremy Clarkson using a racist term while reciting the nursery rhyme Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe. The presenter later apologised for the incident – which was never broadcast – in a video statement where he “begged forgiveness”.
  • October 2012 – The BBC Trust ruled that comments by Clarkson which likened the design of a camper van to people with facial disfigurementsbreached disability guidelines.
  • January 2012 – Indian diplomats complained about a 90-minute India special in which a car fitted with a toilet in its boot is described by Clarkson as “perfect for India because everyone who comes here gets the trots.”
  • February 2011 – The BBC apologised to Mexico after Clarkson and his co-hosts characterised Mexicans as “lazy” and “feckless”.




Event – KINGS OF RNB TOUR 2015 ft JOE / TANK / 112 / GINUWINE in London

Event – KINGS OF RNB TOUR 2015 ft JOE / TANK / 112 / GINUWINE in London

Main Concert

ONLY 2 weeks to go before the KINGS OF RNB tour returns to the UK with 4 of our favourite RNB legends

Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith

at 7:00pm – 11:00pm
45 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH London, United Kingdom



Friday January 30th, 2015 from 10:00pm to 4:00am


RNB superstars JOE & 112 host the OFFICIAL KINGS OF RNB CONCERT AFTER PARTY on Friday 30th January straight at Mode nightclub in Ladbroke Grove (15 min / 3 mile drive or Nearest stations to the venue is Ladbroke Grove which is 3 mins walk to Mode, and only 7 minutes on the tube from Hammersmith on the Hammersmith & City line) after the sell out concert at Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith London.

DJs on the night playing the best in 90s and 00s RNB & Hip Hop will be Frisky DJ, New Winner Roadshow, Mr Play, Big Business and Celebrity Supa.

This is an exclusive night in an exclusive venue with a limited amount of tickets and with 5000 people going to the concert this will sell out soon so get your tickets now!

Jay Z Reportedly In Talks To Buy Hot 97

Jay Z Reportedly In Talks To Buy Hot 97


According to MediaTakeOut.com Jay Z is currently in negotiations to buy Hot 97 radio station

After the recent rants from NYC’s top DJ Funkmaster Flex calling out Hip Hop mogul Jay Z, the atmosphere in the Big Apple is heavy, in anticipation for the response from Jay Z’s camp. Well it has officially been reported, by a MediaTakeOut.com exclusive, that Jay Z is in negotiations to buy one of NYC’s #1 radio stations Hot 97.

According to MediaTakeOut.com:

According to a ROCK SOLID SOURCE – Shawn “Jay Z” Carter along with a group of investors that includes NY Knicks star Carmelo Anthony are currently NEGOTIATING TO BUY Hot 97 radio station. Talks are still early, but we’re told that both sides have HIRED LAWYERS and INVESTMENT BANKERS – and are serious in getting a deal done.

Could these negotiations be the real catalyst for Funkmaster Flex‘s rants, or did the beef over the Dipset reunion prompt the purchase of “New York’s #1 station for Hip Hop & RnB”?

This should get very interesting…TheSource.com will keep you updated as the story developes.

Nicki Minaj announces The Pinkprint Tour 2015 with nine UK dates

Nicki Minaj announces The Pinkprint Tour 2015 with nine UK dates


Nicki Minaj is promising fans the “biggest and best tour yet” when she heads to Europe next year.

The rapper’s announced a 17-date tour starting in Sweden in March and ending in Glasgow a month later.

She said: “It’s been way too long since I’ve seen my European Barbz! We have more than a few surprises in store.”

The 32-year-old will perform nine dates in the UK in cities including London and Birmingham, with special guest, Grammy-nominated R&B star, Trey Songz.

He said he’s thrilled to be heading to Europe, adding: “The love I feel overseas is overwhelming and I can’t wait to get the tour started to bring fans the best TRIGGA show possible.”

Last month, Minaj apologised after the lyric video for the track Only was accused of containing Nazi imagery.

The European leg of The Pinkprint Tour is announced days after Nicki Minaj found out she was nominated for two 2015 Grammy awards – best rap song for Anaconda and best pop duo/group performance for Bang Bang with Ariana Grande and Jessie J.

Her album – also called The Pinkprint – is released next Monday.

Tickets for the UK shows go on sale at 9am on Friday 12 December.

Tuggawar – Freestyle (Bobby Shmurda) (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Tuggawar – Freestyle (Bobby Shmurda) (OFFICIAL VIDEO)


London boroughs ranked from worst to best

London boroughs ranked from worst to best

Views Of The Ever Changing London Skyline

What happens when you ask the staff at Metro Towers to rank the London boroughs in order of worst to best?

A fiery debate, of course, over whether west is better than east (hahaha no) or north is better than south (hahaha yes, obviously).

There are 32 boroughs in the nation’s capital – and here they are, from grim to great, in ascending order…

29. Kingston on Thames, Redbridge, Havering and Bexley

Not one vote was cast for each of these boroughs. Sorry guys.

28. Lewisham

Poor ol’ Lewisham came bottom on the list of boroughs people actually had opinions on, perhaps because it has one of the highest obesity rates in the capital, or maybe because it was named the ‘least peaceful’ place in the UK. Either way, even former resident Jimi Hendrix couldn’t save Lewisham from being a bit rubbish.

27. Hounslow

Heathrow airport. Need we say more?

London boroughs ranked from worst to best

26. Barking and Dagenham

Stacey Solomon, one of Barking and Dagenham’s greatest exports, said it best with this facial expression.

Stacey Solomon was tearful during her appearance on This Morning (Picture: ITV)
This is what Dagenham does to people. (Picture: ITV)

25. Enfield

‘Many local activities are located around the A10 road,’ reads Enfield’s very own Wikipedia page, ‘Which has a number of large retail outlets and a large multiplex Cineworld cinema.’

24. Croydon

Best known for housing a huge train station and Nestle HQ, Croydon is one of those bizarre inbetweeny places. Too far out of town to be properly urban, too close to town to be leafy and green. It is also one of the worst offending boroughs for chopping down street trees.

London boroughs ranked from worst to best

23. Hillingdon

Otherwise known as the Croydon of the north west – bar the giant train station.

22. Bromley

This south east London borough counts Billy Idol, David Bowie, H.G. Wells and, perhaps most importantly, Pixie Lott in its list of notable residents. However, last time we checked, there is absolutely sweet FA to do in Brommers. The cafe at Waitrose Bromley South does get rave reviews on TripAdvisor – we’ll leave you to make of that what you will.

21. Merton

Richmond’s boring older brother. He sure does love tennis, but that’s about it.

Andy Murray of Britain reacts to missing a shot during his men's singles quarter-final tennis match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 2, 2014.               REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Even Andy Murray isn’t a fan of the borough (Pictures: REUTERS/Toby Melville)

20. Wandsworth

Sure, Wandsworth boasts the cheapest council tax in the capital, but considering the borough is mainly populated by bants-loving ‘lads’ in fancy dress who still think they’re at uni despite the fact they’re pushing 40, the cons certainly outweigh the pros.

19. Harrow

Ah Harrow, home to one of the original nine public schools regulated by the Public Schools Act 1868, which Benedict Cumberbatch was once a boy at, and, er, little else. In saying that, Harrow town centre is home to two Nando’s restaurants situated within 0.3 miles of each other and it’s only £1 entry at Yates’ on a Saturday night.

London boroughs ranked from worst to best

18. Newham

While Newham does play host to the Olympic stadium and Westfield Stratford there is little else to do there but shop. Warning: on a visit there you will be mown down by buggies and trampled by Primark shoppers, while the dulcet tones of pan pipes sound out across the borough as if you’re in a 1980s Tom Cruise movie.

17. Lambeth

The best thing to come out of Lambeth is this…

… and that says a lot. A whole lot.

16. Kensington and Chelsea

Brimming with sickeningly entitled chinless rahs who have more money than sense and less taste than a Vegas arms fair.

15. Brent

As in David?

(Picture: BBC)

14. Ealing

Super leafy and full of coffee shops, if not a little rioty.

13. Westminster

BORING. And packed. And stressful. And expensive. Leave it to the tourists.

12. Sutton

Lovely. Green. A great place to raise a family. But counting it as London is a stretch too far for this imagination.

London boroughs ranked from worst to best

11. Waltham Forest

It’s bookended by outstanding natural beauty, with Lea Valley Park and the marshes on one side and Epping Forest on the other. It’s also contains Walthamstow (‘the new Stoke Newington’ – © several thousand estate agents), Leytonstone (up and coming) and Chingford (very pretty). Let’s gloss over Leyton.

10. Richmond

Far enough south to feel residential but not without shops, bars, restaurants and Emily from Friends (she’s one of many famous residents). The fact that deer run free in Richmond park makes it okay that its serviced by the often delayed District line. Did we mention the deer?

BK7XM5 Red and Fallow Deer in London's Richmond Park on a Spring Afternoon. Image shot 2010. Exact date unknown.
Red and Fallow Deer in London’s Richmond Park on a spring afternoon. How delightful. (Picture: Getty)

9. Barnet

Far enough north to feel residential but not without pubs, bars and bagel shops galore. It pips Richmond to the post by being served by the much more efficient (and regular) Northern line. Did we mention the bagels?

London boroughs ranked from worst to best

8. Haringey

Yes, there’s deprivation (not to mention the occasional riot), but Tottenham is earthy and exciting (visit before the inevitable gentrification), Finsbury Park plays host to some of London’s best music events, and Alexandra Palace has what might very well be the best view in London.

7. Tower Hamlets

The Anne Hathaway of London boroughs – it divides opinion like no other. Gentrified to within an inch of its life, this hipster paradise is bursting at the seams with overpriced cocktail bars with dirty lavs and secondhand clothes shops flogging gear people died in.

25 Aug 2014, UK --- Shadwell, United Kingdom. 25th August 2014 -- Old Spitalfields Market Paw Pageant 2014, London. A host of doggy dudes donned couture designer fashions from the queen of canine couture, Lilly Shahravesh of LoveMyDog to fund raise for Battersea Dog & Cats Home in a special doggy fashion show. Each -- The Paw Pageant, a cute canine fashion show, took place at Old Spitalfields Market with dogs wearing fashions created by Lilly Shahravesh of LoveMyDog in aid of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. There were also fun competitions for best dressed dogs. --- Image by   Paul Brown/Demotix/Corbis
Only in east London would you find a dog this hip. (Picture: Paul Brown/Demotix/Corbis)

6. Southwark

South Bank, quite possibly the single greatest attraction in London, bar Oxford St Primark. Well worth braving the tirades of tourists for crazy art installations like this…

5. Hammersmith and Fulham

Synonymous with the Apollo and a whopping great flyover, this west London borough made its way into our top 10 for one reason and one reason alone… Kate Bush undertook a 22 date at the Apollo. These performances were her first live shows in nearly 35 years. That is all.

4. Camden

The only place you’ll find cyber goths and tech start-up founders living side by side in such harmony this side of Brighton.

File photo dated 08/08/09 of the Regent's Canal, Camden Lock, London as the area famous for its markets could suffer 9,000 job losses and more than £600 million in lost revenue if plans for the HS2 high-speed rail project are not changed, according to a report. As planned, HS2 will cut through Camden in north London when its first London to Birmingham stage is completed in 2026. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 20, 2013. This could mean the loss of 9,100 jobs and £631 million in the period 2014-31, a report commissioned by business group Camden Town Unlimited (CTU) predicted. See PA story RAIL HS2. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
Regent’s Canal, Camden Lock (Picture: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire)

3. Greenwich

Some say Greenwich smells like pitta bread, but if that isn’t enough reason to enjoy the borough, it also plays host to the revamped Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, the National Maratime Museum and the O2 (nee: Millennium Dome).

2. Hackney

On a Sunday you can walk from market to park to market to canal to market and finish up in one of many many many pubs with a drink. Look past the bartenders sporting wild beards and Patrick Bateman-esque Oliver Peoples glasses and enjoy the bottled beer, prok-corn (like popcorn but pork flavoured) and dogs on makeshift leads.

London boroughs ranked from worst to best

1. Islington

If you were to take the whole of London and pack it into one borough this is what you’d be left with. Not only is Islington the absolute dream when it comes to buying a property (which you’ll probably never be able to afford) it’s a little bit rough around the edges. It’s home to more restaurants than days of the year and that is exactly what you want in a borough, right?! Right!

Islington Green, don't you know, is not just a park because trendy residents demand it (Picture: Evening Standard)
Islington Green, don’t you know, is not just a park because trendy residents demand it (Picture: Evening Standard)
DJ Sin interviews Pharoahe Monch at London Hott Radio Cafe Live

DJ Sin interviews Pharoahe Monch at London Hott Radio Cafe Live


DJ Sin interviews Pharoahe Monch at London Hott Radio Cafe Live in front of a studio audience on 21 November 2014.

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