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New book sheds light on 1982 Tylenol poisonings

September 26, 2011

CHICAGO — A new book by a former Johnson & Johnson employee casts a critical eye on how the company dealt with the deadly 1982 Tylenol poisonings, which killed seven people in the Chicago area, reported.

In his book “The Tylenol Mafia,” author Scott Bartz suggests that the person who poisoned Extra Strength Tylenol capsules with cyanide in 1982 likely worked in Johnson & Johnson’s distribution chain.

Bartz also alleges that company executives and federal agencies steered the investigation in the wrong direction to avoid liability.

In a statement, Johnson & Johnson said the allegations have “no merit.”

Bartz spent more than three years researching the self-published book, which will be released today.