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March 1st, 2012

Let the Games Begin! The FIRST® Robotics Competition


Picture this: you’re in a high school gym with hundreds of other onlookers cheering loudly for a team of students. The teams battle against each other to get a basketball through a hoop. Teammates work together as the audience, clad in their team’s colors, scream encouragement.

Sounds like a high school basketball game, right? In fact, it’s the FIRST® Robotics Competition.

Each year, hundreds of students across the country compete in a varsity sport of the mind known as the FIRST Robotics competition. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” In the FIRST Robotics competition, teams of high school students work with mentors to design a robot to compete against other teams in regional and national competitions.

The FIRST organization was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to foster an interest and participation in science and technology. Kamen is the inventor of well known products such as the Segway. Since its founding, hundreds of thousands of students of all ages have competed in various FIRST competitions.

This year’s FIRST Robotics Competition, the Rebound Rumble Game, launched in early January. The task requires teams to build a robot that can put as many basketballs through hoops of various heights in a two minute and fifteen second match.

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February 17th, 2012

Our Statement on Infants’ TYLENOL® Recall

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

This morning, after announcing a recall of an Infants’ TYLENOL® product, Denice Torres, who’s the President of McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, sent the following letter to Johnson & Johnson employees. I think it shows the passion of Denice and her team to bring McNeil back, and I’d like to share it with all of you. We’ve also reached out to consumers about the recall, including a video to help them understand the issue. I hope you’ll visit to learn more. Here’s Denice’s letter…

Dear Johnson & Johnson colleagues,

Today McNeil Consumer Healthcare announced a voluntary recall of the U.S., Infants’ TYLENOL® Oral Suspension, 1 oz. Grape. We’re recalling the product at the retail level after receiving a small number of complaints from consumers who reported difficulty using the product’s SimpleMeasure™ dosing system. SimpleMeasure™ includes a dosing syringe, which a parent or caregiver inserts into a protective cover, or “flow restrictor,” at the top of the bottle to measure the proper dose. In some cases, the flow restrictor was pushed into the bottle when inserting the dosing syringe.  No adverse events associated with this issue have been reported to date and the risk of a serious adverse medical event is remote.

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February 15th, 2012

Our Response to the New York Times Regarding the ASR® Hip System Recall

We occasionally use JNJBTW to respond to media reports that we feel are inaccurate or mischaracterize events involving members of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.  Today, The New York Times published a story about the ASR® Hip System recall, and I wanted to share a letter from DePuy Orthopaedics President Andrew Ekdahl in response to the story. Ekdahl shared this letter with employees, and we post it here with his permission.

February 15, 2012

Dear DePuy Colleagues:

I’d like to address an article that appeared today in the New York Times about the ASR™ Hip System recall.  Specifically, this article focuses on the non-approvable letter DePuy received from the U.S. FDA in August 2009 for the ASR Hip Resurfacing System.  Citing a summary of the non-approvable letter from an undisclosed source, the article implies that the FDA letter concluded that there was a safety problem with the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, and DePuy knowingly continued to market an unsafe product in other regions.   That is simply untrue.

By way of background, the ASR XL total hip replacement system was cleared by the FDA for marketing in the U.S. in 2005 via the 510k process.  We also had filed a PMA in July 2007 for the hip resurfacing version of the device. 

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February 14th, 2012

National Donor Day: Why I Donate

As you read this post over 110,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant, with another person added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.  And although this post focuses on the U.S., the need for donors is a global one.  Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about the people waiting for these needed donations, or the impact we can have, but on National Donor Day, I’d like to open up the conversation and share my own reasons for being a donor.

When I volunteered to write a post for National Donor Day I had to ask myself, why do I donate?  Even though I’m a registered organ and bone marrow donor, and a frequent blood donor, I realized it was a question I hadn’t given much thought to.  I wrestled with it, and consistently came back to the fact that I felt good about it.  I thought surely there’s a much deeper answer here, but in the end, for me, being a donor is truly a reward in itself.  While I know this sounds clichéd, the value I get from being a donor has always outweighed the cost, and I consider myself an avid bargain hunter.

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February 10th, 2012

Perspective from Sheri McCoy About Innovation in Healthcare


Recently, Johnson & Johnson Vice Chairman Sheri McCoy shared her thoughts about the power of innovation to reduce healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes as part of the Institute of Medicine’s Learning Health System Commentary Series of the IOM Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care.  Her perspective highlights an important theme for Johnson & Johnson — delivering meaningful innovations in healthcare.

Sheri’s post is focused on collaborative innovation – new ways in which different stakeholders in the healthcare system can work together to lower costs and improve patient care.  “One way innovators have sought to address the paradox of innovating to improve care and manage costs is through integration of care; another is the application of evidence-based practices and metrics,” she wrote.  To illustrate areas where these concepts are working well, she shares examples of industry-payer collaborations that have led to a comprehensive care program for schizophrenia patients in Germany and better patient outcomes for joint replacement patients in the United States.  Key to successes like these, she stresses, is “leadership from both the private and public sectors, committed health care providers, and the right incentives,” all critical factors in realizing well-coordinated, patient-centered, continuously learning, higher-value care.

You can read the full post here:

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February 8th, 2012

Shareholder Innovations – Another Retail Shareholder-Friendly Tool


In the past, I’ve written here to highlight things of interest for our individual, or retail, shareholders.  I’ve explained how changes to the rules of the New York Stock Exchange would affect shareholder voting, described some of the tools we offer on the Investor Relations section of that make it easier for retail shareholders to stay informed about our company, and posted voting results immediately after our 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

Today, I’m excited to tell you about the newest resource we’re offering to keep our retail shareholders engaged.  We are the first corporation to team up with Moxy Vote, an innovative, online voting platform, which will provide another way for you to vote your shares at our shareholders meetings.

Moxy Vote is designed for retail shareholders who want one convenient place to vote all of their shares online and educate themselves on the items they will be voting on.  Moxy Vote also offers an opportunity for companies, like ours, to have direct dialogue on their website with our many different stakeholders, who are so vital to our long term success.  It’s an opportunity that aligns with our goals for shareholder communications and so we’ve decided to support Moxy Vote’s initiative in the shareholder communication and voting space. 

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February 7th, 2012

I am My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper: Reflections for 2012 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


From Bryan Baugh, M.D., Medical Director, Janssen Therapeutics

It happens every year around this time. My memory floods with images and thoughts from my time before I joined this company: I’m brought back to my work as a physician treating HIV/AIDS patients in the African-American community of Southeast Washington, D.C.

My recollection is actually part of something much bigger this week,  as people around the country recognize the 12th National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) on Tuesday, Feb. 7. This day of awareness is especially poignant when you consider the true burden of this virus behind the staggering statistics. Here’s just a few of the most compelling facts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

•    While blacks represent approximately 14 percent of the U.S. population, they account for almost half of people living with HIV in the U.S. as well as nearly half of new infections each year.
•    Approximately one in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV during his lifetime, as will one in 32 black women.
•    Among blacks, men account for 70 percent of new HIV infections. Women account for 30 percent.
•    Within the African-American community, gay and bisexual men are the most affected, followed by heterosexual women.

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February 6th, 2012

Our Perspective on the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases


On Monday, January 30, Johnson & Johnson joined 12 other pharmaceutical companies, the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. and U.K. governments, The World Bank, and endemic countries to announce a new, unprecedented collaborative effort to control or eliminate 10 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) by the year 2020.

Here’s a video post from our Pharmaceuticals Worldwide Chairman Paul Stoffels, who gives our perspective about the Johnson & Johnson commitment to this effort, and talks about why this collaboration could serve as a new model for collaboration to address global health issues.  The post was taped on the day of the announcement last week.


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February 1st, 2012

Letter to The Wall Street Journal on Executive Changes


The Wall Street Journal published a story yesterday on executive changes at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, and the Company has responded with the following letter to the editor from Ray Jordan, Vice President of Public Affairs and Corporate Communication for Johnson & Johnson:

January 31, 2012

Dear Editor of The Wall Street Journal,

In reporting on recent departures at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies (“J&J Shakes Up McNeil Unit Again”), your article got only some of the facts right, and the overall story wrong. Patrick Mutchler, to whom the President of our McNeil Consumer Healthcare business reported, chose to retire from Johnson & Johnson after 35 years of exemplary service to the company.  You inaccurately connected the departure of another senior executive, Pericles Stamatiades, to Mr. Mutchler’s retirement even though he had no direct responsibility for the McNeil business.

Through their contributions to our business, the leaders they have developed, and the many friends they made at Johnson & Johnson, Mr. Mutchler and Mr. Stamatiades have left an extraordinary legacy, and we will miss them. Perhaps most important, however, is the fact that McNeil Consumer Healthcare today remains under the same strong leadership of President Denice Torres, who stepped into her role last April. 

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January 20th, 2012

Introducing Global Motherhood

From Sharon D’Agostino, Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Contributions and Community Relations, Johnson & Johnson

Yesterday, we announced that Johnson & Johnson and the AOL-Huffington Post have launched an exciting new partnership called Global Motherhood. This partnership will give us the opportunity to share stories from many of our philanthropic programs, Buy Brand Viagra Cialis Levitra Online Drug Shop highlighting the outstanding work that our partner organizations do to make a difference in the lives of women and children around the world.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog on the Huffington Post, the launch of the Global Motherhood partnership offered the opportunity to share my quiet but long-held belief that the world revolves around mothers. As I visit villages, cities, townships, and remote rural areas in low- and middle-resource countries, I’m struck by the power of mothers as champions for the health and survival of their children, their families and, by extension, their communities. generic viagra for sale with the highest concentration 200mg And I am touched and inspired by the dedication of the many people and organizations working to bring better health to mothers and children — including our partners like mothers2mothers, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and Tostan.

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