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Recall expanded

NEW YORK - Johnson & Johnson expanded a recall of over-the-counter medications Friday, the second time it has done so in less than a month because of a moldy smell that has made users sick.

The broadening recall now includes some batches of regular and extra-strength Tylenol, children's Tylenol, eight-hour Tylenol, Tylenol arthritis, Tylenol PM, children's Motrin, Motrin IB, Benadryl Rolaids, Simply Sleep, and St. Joseph's aspirin. Caplet and geltab products sold in the Americas, the United Arab Emirates, and Fiji were recalled.

Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare Products recalled some Tylenol Arthritis Caplets in November because of the smell, which caused nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Almost three weeks ago, the company expanded its recall to include Tylenol Arthritis Caplets.

New Sturbridge CPA

Thomas A. Dubrey of Holland has opened a new office at 139 Main St., Sturbridge, to offer accounting and tax services. A Sturbridge native, he previously worked for larger accounting firms including a Fortune 500 company. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at noon Wednesday at the new office. Refreshments will be served. For information, call (508) 347-3495 or visit www.DubreyCPA.com.

Kickback charges

TRENTON, N.J. - Federal prosecutors said Friday that health care giant Johnson & Johnson paid tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks so nursing homes would put more patients on its blockbuster schizophrenia medicine and other drugs.

In a complaint filed Friday, prosecutors said J&J paid rebates and other forms of kickbacks to Omnicare Inc., the country's biggest dispenser of prescription drugs in nursing homes. Prosecutors allege Omnicare pharmacists then recommended that nursing home patients with signs of Alzheimer's disease be put on the powerful schizophrenia drug Risperdal, which was later found to increase risk of death in the elderly.

The allegations are in a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney in Boston, whose office has joined two whistle-blower cases.

Norton marks 125

WORCESTER - The 125th anniversary of the creation of Norton Co. and the establishment of the company's manufacturing operations in Worcester are being celebrated throughout this year, beginning next week with the placement of banners through Saint-Gobain's Greendale campus.

In 1885, seven Worcester entrepreneurs established Norton Emery Wheel Co. to manufacture the world's first grinding wheel. During the next century, the company changed its name to Norton Co. and grew to become the world's leading supplier of abrasives and high-performance materials. French multinational corporation Saint-Gobain acquired the company in 1990, retaining the Norton brand name for many of its products. Saint-Gobain's headquarters offices for its worldwide abrasives business are still located where Norton was founded in Worcester.

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