The settlement requires Johnson & Johnson to pay a total of $33 million, which is being divided among the District of Columbia and the 42 states that joined in the case.
McNeil's Fort Washington plant in Whitemarsh Township was shut down in 2010, after the company recalled hundreds of millions of packages of drugs manufactured between 2009 and 2011, many for pediatric use.
"Through this settlement we are once again holding a drug company accountable for not only violating Kentucky's consumer protection laws but for placing our families and children at risk by not following federal manufacturing safety standards", Beshear said.
Shares of J&J are slightly lower in afternoon trading.
At the time McNeil-PPC paid a criminal fine of $20 million and forefeited another $5 million. McNeil will be required to quickly inform state attorneys general when recalled medications are shipped into their state.
Fail to identify or provide information to participating Attorneys General within 60 days of a written request about vendors or warehouses in which recalled OTC drugs were distributed in their state. McNeil-PPC Inc., which manufactured the drugs between 2009 and 2011, represented that it. The recalls came amid reports of product oddities, including strange odors and particles found in liquid medicines that the company produced.
The list includes St. Joseph Aspirin, Sudafed, Pepcid, Mylanta, Rolaids, Zyrtec, and Zyrtec Eye Drops, the IL attorney general said in a news release.
"The deceitful actions of Johnson & Johnson resulted in recalls of some of the most common over-the-counter medicines that Arkansans use. I want to commend Senior Deputy Attorney General Nicole VanOrder and our Health Care Section, who headed this effort for our office". Neighboring states joining in the settlement include Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.