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Rutledge praises government regulation in lawsuit settlement

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Arkansas will get $499,138 as one of 33 states in a $33 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson of a complaint about quality of over-the-counter drugs.

The action said some facilities of McNeil-PPC, a J&J subsidiary, didn't meet federal standards and some drugs were deemed adulterated between 2009 and 2011. The problems led to recalls of such drugs as Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph Aspirin, Sudafed, Pepcid, Mylanta, Rolaids, Zyrtec and Zyrtec Eye Drops.

I must  highlight a sentence from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's news release on the settlement, in which her office participated.

“Federal and state standards are put in place to safeguard consumers from harm but also to maintain quality."

Amen, ditto and hallelujah. You could say the same about EPA standards, wage-and-hour standards, standards to protect LGBT people and any number of other governmental standards that Rutledge typically decries as overreaching obstructions to efficient business. Twas just May 19 when she complained about "job-killing" EPA regulations aimed at cleaner water.

Just saying.


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