Tylenol Essay

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Tylenol

Tylenol

What Happened?
In October of 1982, Tylenol, the leading pain-killer in the United States at the time
faced a crisis. Seven people in Chicago were reported dead after taking Tylenol.
12-year-old Mary Kellerdman of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, Adam Janus of Arlington
Heights, Illinois, his brother Stanley Janus, and his wife Theresa Janus, Mary Reiner of
Winfield, Paula Price, and Mary McFarland of Elmhurst Illinois was the last victim of the
cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules. This happened bﴱᄃecause there was
Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules that had been distributed and tampered with. The capsules
contained 65 milligrams of cyanide. The amount necessary to kill a human is five to seven
micrograms, which means that the person used 10,000 times more poison that what was
needed.. The tampering had occurred when the products reached the shelves. The connection
between the deaths and the Tylenol was discovered within days by two off-duty firemen who
were listing to their police radios. Phillip Cappitelli and Richard Keyworth were the men
to make the connection and tell there superiors.

What did Tylenol do?
Tylenol is part of the Johnson & Johnson Company. Once they made the connection between
the report and the Tylenol they put customer safety first, before they worried about the
company's profit. The company immediately informed customers not to consume any type of
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