Toddler's Death From Contaminated Medication Shouldn't Be in Vain

sick toddlerLess than two years ago, Daniel and Katy Moore gave their toddler son, River, a dose of strawberry-flavored Children's Tylenol for a fever. Within a half hour, River was spitting up blood. By the following day, he was dead. The Moore's Tylenol came from a batch that the company had recalled earlier in the spring. But the Moores are suing the makers of Children's Tylenol, Johnson & Johnson, partly because they feel like the warning issued about the contamination was "inadequate."

As a parent I think it's absolutely crucial that companies ensure the safety of children's medications, especially. Every medicine recall sends a chill up my spine as I scramble to remember what's in our medicine chest and when the last time I administered anything is. I don't love hearing news of lawsuits, but I'm hoping this lawsuit sends a clear message: Parents need to be able to trust children's medications


Will it work, or will the lawsuit divert J&J's attention and resources to a fight in court? Just to put this all into context, there have been two dozen recalls of Johnson & Johnson products since 2009 and the company came under investigation after it paid another company to secretly buy up defective Motrin packets from stores. The factory that made the contaminated Tylenol (and other recalled products) has been closed down. So there's that.

Obviously at this point I know I should be Googling other companies that produce medications to see what their records look like -- but I'm afraid to look! Meanwhile, life goes on. Just yesterday I gave my son some store-brand acetaminophen for a sore neck. Store brand! Is that less safe than brand-name? Or does it matter? Dare I find out?

We parents have a lot to worry about as it is. Could we have some guaranteed safe meds? Please? Obviously we should keep an ear out for those recall announcements (frequently posted here on The Stir!) and check our own medications when we hear about them. But the burden shouldn't rest entirely on us. Nothing could ever replace the Moore's son, but I hope their lawsuit brings some closure in their lives and leads to safe meds for all of us.

Are you ever nervous about giving your child medications, or do you usually feel safe about them?


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