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FBI Investigates Unabomber in Tylenol Killings

Questions are now raised on whether or not Chicago’s Tylenol killer and the Unabomber are one and the same. The FBI agents who are assigned to investigate on the 30-year old case on the Tylenol killings want DNA samples of Ted Kaczynski. The FBI, however, are not saying of there is reason to believe that Kaczynski is the Tylenol killer.

Cynthia Yates, spokesperson for Chicago FBI, said that they want DNA samples of numerous individuals, not just Kaczynski. Yates, however, refused to provide the press details regarding the other individuals they are investigating on. The FBI’s efforts to take hold of Kaczynski’s DNA only became public after Kaczynski filed a court motion seeking to keep all his materials that may exonerate him in the 1982 Tylenol killing case.

Kaczynski used to live in a small cabin from where he sent the mail bombs which killed a total of three people and wounded numerous others; his attacks begun during late 1970s. Kaczynski is called the Unabomber as he originally sent the mail bombs to airline executives and university professors.

Kaczynski is now serving a life sentence in the Colorado federal prison after he was captured in 1996 and pleaded guilty in 1998. He, however, refused to provide DNA samples to FBI authorities investigating the Tylenol case. The poisoning killed seven people in a matter of three days. The victims took cyanide-covered Tylenol from packages that have been apparently tampered with.

Helen Jensen, one of the nurses who accompanied investigators in the homes of the Tylenol poisoning victims, said that she hopes this recent news regarding the case is not another dead end. She added that it would be nice to finally get justice and closure to the entire thing.

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Drug Makers Eliminated Infant Drops of Acetaminophen

Johnson & Johnson as well as other makers of a fever medication announced on Wednesday that they will stop producing infant drops for medicines with acetaminophen to avoid confusion that may unfortunately lead to drug overdoses.

The association that handles over-the-counter or OTC drug makers said that all of their members will discontinue liquid drops beginning later this year. After all the drugs have been successfully phased out, drug companies will only market one formula for children age 12 and below.

At present, J&J and many other drug companies sell infant formulations that have half the amount of acetaminophen compared to that found in children’s (1-12 years old) formula.

Acetaminophen is a drug component usually found in Tylenol and Nyquil; it effectively reduces body temperature and pain. Although it is safe to use in general, acetaminophen overdose is one of the leading causes of liver failure in American and it sends as much as 50,000 people to the emergency room every year.

The announcement that was released late Wednesday is in line with the Food and Drug Administration’s meeting with them scheduled on Monday. The meeting was intended for the discussion of the need for additional safety instructions in drugs with acetaminophen.

Drug makers’ move to eliminate infant formula with acetaminophen content marks the second instance that the drug industry pulled off its products before the FDA can act on it. In 2007, the same group of drug makers announced the discontinuation of infant decongestant medicines ahead of an FDA meeting that was supposed to talk about infant deaths related to the product.

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