Case | HBS Case Collection | October 1982 (Revised May 1992)

Johnson & Johnson: The Tylenol Tragedy

by Stephen A. Greyser


In October 1982, Johnson & Johnson was confronted with a major crisis when seven deaths were attributed to poisoned Tylenol. The case reviews the facts as known a week after the incident occurred, and raises a wide range of questions regarding consumer behavior, corporate responsibility, and competitive reaction.

Keywords: Consumer Behavior; Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact; Competitive Strategy; Crisis Management; Health Care and Treatment; Pharmaceutical Industry;


Greyser, Stephen A. "Johnson & Johnson: The Tylenol Tragedy." Harvard Business School Case 583-043, October 1982. (Revised May 1992.)