November 7th, 2011

Addressing Stroke Risk in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

By Peter M. DiBattiste, M.D., Global Therapeutic Area Head, Cardiovascular and Metabolism, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.

As a cardiologist and music lover, the heart’s constant and rhythmic beat has always been a passion of mine. I’m fascinated by the way that it speeds up when a person is exercising or excited, and the way it slows down during periods of rest.

Sometimes, though, the heart does not contract the way that it should. The beat can become very fast and irregular, in a condition known as atrial fibrillation. This is the most common cardiac rhythm disorder, affecting more than 2.2 million people in the United States, and may leave patients feeling weak, faint, and short of breath. Some patients may not feel any symptoms at all. The irregular heartbeat also leaves people with atrial fibrillation vulnerable to forming blood clots in the heart’s atria, which can potentially travel to the brain, resulting in a stroke.  

Patients with atrial fibrillation are at a five-fold increased risk for stroke compared with the general population. Recommended treatments are available to help reduce this risk of stroke, including medications that thin the blood to help prevent the formation of clots. Despite these recommendations, studies show that nearly half of patients with this condition do not receive appropriate medication.This is important to think about, because the results of stroke are potentially devastating, and take a serious physical, emotional, and financial toll on both the patients and their families.

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November 1st, 2011

Our Statement on Baby Shampoo Ingredients in the News

From Jay Kosminsky, Vice President, Worldwide Communication and Public Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company Division of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.

Today a coalition of groups known as the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is issuing a report critical of some of the ingredients in JOHNSON’S® Baby products. The first and most important thing to know is that the products they mention are safe – up to our own high standards and approved by regulators in the U.S., EU, and China. Still, because we know that some consumers are concerned, we have made a number of changes to our product line over the past two years. You can read more about the actions we’ve taken on the JOHNSON’S® Baby site, by clicking here.

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October 27th, 2011

Celebrating Blood Bankers

From Barry Bruno, Worldwide Marketing Director, Transfusion Medicine, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

Every two seconds, someone needs blood.  And while you’re probably familiar with how blood gets donated — and you may even know something about how blood gets transfused — you probably don’t know a lot about the people behind the scenes: the blood bankers who safeguard each unit of blood that one person gives to another. order generic levitra soft tabs 20mg vardenafil Without Prescription These unseen caretakers are responsible for ensuring that a unit of blood is screened, typed, matched and safely transported along the chain that connects the generosity of a blood donor to the need of a patient.  Every two seconds, that chain forms, and every two seconds, someone is counting on the work of a blood banker.

For more than 70 years, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (OCD) has been serving blood bankers with products and services that help make transfusion medicine safer and more efficient.  We helped pioneer the science of blood screening in the 1940s and today, our products touch nearly 40% of the transfusions in the United States.

Since joining the team last year, I’ve had the opportunity to hear first-hand from hundreds of blood bankers around the world about what it’s like in the laboratory every day – where technology has made many routine tasks faster and easier, buy generic levitra super force Vardenafil 20mg Dapoxetine 60mg but the demand for blood continues to rise and the pace of processing blood continues to accelerate. 

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October 21st, 2011

Evolving to Sustainable Solutions

In my role at Johnson & Johnson leading Public Affairs & Corporate Citizenship, I find myself in some extraordinary meetings with some amazing – even awe inspiring – people.

Yesterday was just such a day.

As watchers of Johnson & Johnson know, we’re involved in social good partnerships with NGOs, government agencies and multilateral organizations.  So I was at a USAID conference to talk about our partnerships with America’s international development agency:  why we do them, what works well and what we all can do better.

Our partnerships with USAID and others help babies breathe at birth, treat children with intestinal worms, train birth attendants, and give moms text messages on how to have a safe pregnancy and birth — all in some of the most remote and underserved places on earth.   Talking about this work, … well…it doesn’t get much better.

Yesterday, I learned that maybe it could.

As friends of Johnson & Johnson know, our social good efforts are rooted in Our Credo’s mandate to care for and be responsible to society.

There’s a practical side too. Make the world a better place; “lift up all boats,” especially the life rafts that so many people must rely on, and our company – indeed all business — will flourish too. 

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October 20th, 2011

Introducing ennTV

From Michael Heinley, Vice President, Leadership & Employee Communication.

Perhaps because I’m head of employee communication at Johnson & Johnson, I often hear from my colleagues about their interest in knowing more about what’s going on in other parts of the company, and the impact our company is having to improve the lives of people around the world.

“But,” they sometimes say, “I don’t have much time, so please keep it short, easy to access, and offer resources that can help me!”

Well, thanks to feedback from employee surveys and some common sense, we sought to develop a communication vehicle to engage – and sustain – interest among employees globally.  This requires delivering information in short bursts, preferably on video, and providing easy, unrestricted access, and these days that means offering the option to reach employees on their smartphones.

All of this factored into our launch this week of “ennTV,” Johnson & Johnson’s new video news magazine produced for our employees worldwide.

Employee feedback already reflects excitement about ennTV and the company’s new level of commitment to keep Johnson & Johnson colleagues informed and engaged across the enterprise like never before.

ennTV will feature fascinating human interest stories on people throughout the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, including innovative programs, important business developments, and examples of our corporate social responsibility.

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October 5th, 2011

Drive Safely Work Week and BTW: Behind the Wheel

With the seemingly ever-increasing demands on our time, it’s all too easy to become distracted behind the wheel of a car.  This week (October 3-7) is Drive Safely Work Week.  Johnson & Johnson, as a board member company of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), is joining the U.S. Department of Transportation and NETS in promoting Drive Safely Work Week this week to help combat the epidemic of distracted driving.

On the social media side, the Johnson & Johnson Health Channel is featuring a video about Behind the Wheel (BTW) safe driving training as part of the Johnson & Johnson SAFE Fleet Program.

SAFE Fleet is the Company’s approach to protecting our employee drivers, their families and community members from injuries on the road.  Behind the Wheel training is a comprehensive driver improvement program, primarily for employees who drive fleet vehicles.  It includes classroom instruction and hands-on driving experience so that drivers can practice life-saving maneuvers behind the wheel.  Some months ago, we taped a BTW program attended by newly hired Ethicon, Inc. field representatives so that we could show one of these courses in action.

Drive Safely Work Week is the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety’s annual workplace safety campaign that provides downloadable tools for companies to use in reminding their employees about safe driving practices. 

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October 3rd, 2011

Using Technology to Improve Health – The Social Health Track at BlogWorld 2011

Well, it’s that time of year again!  No, I don’t mean time to appreciate the changing fall foliage.  I mean time to get ready for the Social Health Track at Blog World and New Media Expo which is taking place in Los Angeles, Nov. 3-5!

For the past two years, Johnson & Johnson has been the primary sponsor of a track dedicated to a discussion of social health at Blog World.  You can read more about what happened in the first two years here and here.  Overall, both provided an opportunity for wide ranging discussions around how digital technologies and online communications platforms can be used to improve health.

When organizing this year’s session, we wanted to build on the momentum of the past two years and are once again bringing together e-patient advocates, healthcare professionals, caregivers, nurses, physicians and manufacturers to share insights and best practices, and to discuss how digital approaches and social media can be better used to improve health outcomes.

The following are some short descriptions of what these sessions will cover this year, as well as some of the confirmed speakers:

Session 1: How established organizations can better support and work with online patient advocates to support their communities. 

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September 29th, 2011

Partnering to Help People Improve Eye Health

From Gary Esterow, Senior Director, Public Relations,  VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.


Research shows that many people think that seeing well translates to good eye health.  As a result, they often don’t see an eye care professional regularly or take the necessary steps to protect their eyes.  To address this issue, in June, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. launched Healthy VisionTM with Dr. Val Jones, a Blog Talk Radio program devoted to educating and improving people’s eye health.  Dr. Val, who hosts the show, is the, CEO of Better Health, LLC, a network of popular health bloggers.  She also writes the well-known “Dr. Val and the Voice of Reason” blog, which won The Best New Medical Blog award in 2007.  Dr. Jones, (who, in the interest of full disclosure, is a paid consultant for VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.) says that even health care professionals have a lot to learn when it comes to eye health, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to hear directly from Dr. Val about what we’re doing.


From Dr. Val Jones:

I love being a doctor primarily because there’s never a dull moment in medicine.

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September 26th, 2011

Advancing Health and Well-Being Around the Globe


Last week, Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Bill Weldon and other senior leaders participated in meetings at the United Nations and Clinton Global Initiative designed to address some of the world’s most  complicated issues that are too large and complex for any one single entity to solve, ranging from poverty to hunger to global health.  Johnson & Johnson has been working with the UN on these goals since we responded to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s call to action last year, and this year we reported on our significant progress against those commitments.

Today, our Chairman and CEO Bill Weldon shared the following letter with all Johnson & Johnson employees worldwide.  I wanted to share with you what he wrote:


To:  The Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies

Last week, members of our Executive Committee and others at Johnson & Johnson joined meetings at the United Nations and Clinton Global Initiative, where some of the world’s toughest global health problems were discussed.

Listening to plans for improving health around the world and reporting on our Company’s commitments to this goal really drove home for me the role we play as a global health care company and the difference all of you make in so many people’s lives.

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September 22nd, 2011

Some Thoughts on Achieving our Responsibility to the Community Through Minority-owned Businesses


From Hans Melotte, Chief Procurement Officer, Johnson & Johnson

One of the ways my colleagues and I across the Procurement function contribute to fulfilling Johnson & Johnson’s responsibility to communities is with a growing focus on supplier diversity. Working with minority- and women-owned businesses reflects who we are as an organization, enriches our communities and builds economic capacity through job and wealth creation.

At Johnson & Johnson, Hispanic-owned businesses and other diverse enterprises are an important part of our supplier network.  Our relationships with these minority-owned businesses reinforce our ties to a diverse consumer base of patients, doctors, nurses, employees and others.  In supporting the growth and increased capacity of Hispanic- and other minority-owned enterprises, we help our communities strive economically.  The proof is in the numbers.  In the past five years, despite a troubled economy, Hispanic-owned businesses have experienced a growth rate of 114% and have generated nearly $400 billion in annual revenue in the U.S.

Earlier this week, we were honored to be acknowledged by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with their 2011 Corporation of the Year Award.  The award recognizes companies that are committed to integrating Hispanic-owned businesses into their sourcing and procurement processes. 

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