U.S. House to hold second hearing on J&J recalls

WASHINGTON Rep. Ed Towns, D-N.Y., on Tuesday announced that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which he chairs, will hold a second hearing on June 30 to examine the circumstances surrounding recalls of medicines recently recalled by Johnson & Johnson.

But this time the hearing is expected to include J&J’s chairman and CEO William Weldon.

"The hearing will examine the circumstances surrounding your recall of over 135 million bottles of infant and children's medicines produced by Johnson & Johnson/McNeil Consumer Healthcare, including such widely used products as Children's Tylenol, Infants' Tylenol, Children's Motrin, and Children's Benadryl," Towns wrote in a letter addressing Weldon. "The hearing will also examine the circumstances surrounding the ‘phantom recall’ of a particular Motrin product, which became public as the result of the Committee's hearing on May 27, 2010," Towns added.