May 9th, 2011

Protecting Your Eyes from the Sun

Most of us are aware of the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. Whenever my family and I go to the beach, the first thing we do is slather on the sunscreen in an effort to shield our skin from UV-rays. But what about our eyes? UV-rays are just as harmful to our vision, and our eyes need to be protected as well.

According to the Vision Care Institute, a Johnson & Johnson company, only about 65% of Americans wear sunglasses to help protect their eyes from the sun’s rays, and only 39% make sure their children wear sunglasses. Since children have larger pupils, clearer lenses and oftentimes spend more time outside without protecting their eyes, it’s no surprise that it is estimated a large amount of lifetime exposure to UV rays may occur by age 18.

There are some helpful ways to help keep your eyes safe and healthy. For one, wearing sunglasses can help block UV rays. For most styles however, while they prevent UV rays from entering through the lenses, do not prevent rays from reading the sides, top and bottom of the glasses. Hats with brims also offer protection from the sun. However, they don’t protect our eyes from the rays reflected off surfaces like water, sand and pavement.

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May 3rd, 2011

Mobilizing Mobile Technology to Improve the Health of Moms and Children

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

With just a few days to go before Mother’s Day, it is especially poignant that several colleagues and I spent the morning at the State Department where Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the launch of the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA). MAMA is a public-private partnership aimed at improving maternal and child health by harnessing the power of mobile technology to deliver vital health information to new and expectant mothers. Johnson & Johnson and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are co-founders of the partnership while the United Nations Foundation, the mHealth Alliance and BabyCenter are making in-kind contributions. The partnership was developed in collaboration with The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

In his comments, our Chairman and CEO, Bill Weldon, noted that MAMA is an important milestone in the commitment we pledged last September to the UN Millennium Development Goal of reducing mortality in women and children by 2015. It’s a reflection of our company’s long commitment to maternal and newborn health. We hold the strong belief that healthy women and children are the foundation of any thriving community.

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May 2nd, 2011

Royal Recognition for Safe Driving at Johnson & Johnson

From Sandra Lee, Director, Worldwide Fleet Safety, Johnson & Johnson

My husband and I have a 12-year daughter who depends on us to get to school, to swim practice, music lessons and doctors’ appointments. Before we know it, we’ll be handing over the keys and she’ll be driving on her own. Our hope is that we’ll have done a good job role modeling safe driving behaviors and that she’ll remember and put into practice what we‘ve taught her… to drive safely and responsibly. And when that day comes, we hope that other drivers who share the roads with her will do the same. For now, we’re happy to be the ones behind the wheel!

At Johnson & Johnson, I’m responsible for ensuring that the employees who use the cars and vehicles in our fleet remain safe. Based on my experiences in this role, however, I know that driving a vehicle can be one of the most dangerous jobs at any company. We have over 30,000 employees who drive a company vehicle, many of whom are on the road 40-60% of the day. In 1994, J&J created a corporate-wide approach to fleet safety to help protect our employees when they are on the road.

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April 29th, 2011

Video Highlights from Yesterday’s Annual Shareholders Meeting

Earlier today, Rob Halper posted a few clips from yesterday’s Annual Shareholders Meeting to the Johnson & Johnson health channel on YouTube. You can see the complete webcast of the meeting on our corporate website, but the following clips provide an overview of some of the highlights from the meeting:

Chairman and CEO Bill Weldon addressed some of the challenges facing the company, including the recent product recalls, and what the company is doing to address this situation. Below is a clip of that discussion:    

UPDATE:  Our Annual Meeting videos were only up for a short while, and are no longer available.

Bill also talked about the opportunities, and in particular the promise of developing medicines and treatments that can improve human health and address different diseases and conditions. In particular, he highlighted research of particular personal relevance to him and his family: Alzheimer’s Disease.

 Bill closed the meeting, providing a recap of what was discussed and the long-term focus of the company.

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April 29th, 2011

Sports Safety Week With Johnson & Johnson and Safe Kids

From Sarah Colamarino, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Johnson & Johnson

Last week, Johnson & Johnson had the privilege of launching Sports Safety Week with Safe Kids USA, our partner for the past 24 years.  As the mother of two avid teenage athletes, I have come to recognize the physical and emotional effects of sports-related injuries, and recognize that parents, coaches and kids can play a large role in prevention. 

Safe Kids will host some excellent educational opportunities over the next few months.  A special “Sports Injury Prevention” webcast will take place on Monday, May 2. This will offer important information from a professional athlete and leading sports medicine doctors on sports injury prevention.  In addition, Safe Kids will conduct 100 sports safety clinics nationwide over the next few months.  These are designed to provide hands-on learning. Visit the Safe Kids website for the location of a clinic near you.

Youth sports injury is a serious issue with over 3.5 million children under the age of 14 affected every year. As sports have shifted from being a seasonal to a year round activity the incidences of injuries have continued to climb.  We believe that the only way to reverse this trend is to educate parents and educators about preventing and identifying possible injuries.

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April 28th, 2011

Some Highlights from Today’s Annual Shareholders Meeting

Earlier today, Johnson & Johnson held its annual shareholders meeting in New Brunswick, directly across the street from the company’s headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey. A replay webcast of the proceedings can be found on the Johnson & Johnson website, and Doug just posted some information about the shareholder votes that took place, but I thought I’d share some of the things that I took away from the meeting.

Addressing the shareholders, Chairman and CEO Bill Weldon discussed some of the issues the company has faced over the past year, including the recall of many well-known over-the-counter products. As Bill explained, “over the course of 2010, we have taken a series of actions to remedy these problems, to understand how they were caused and to implement changes to ensure they do not happen again.” Bill went on to highlight the actions Johnson & Johnson has taken, including how the company “gutted”
its manufacturing plant in Fort Washington, PA, and is now investing over $100 million to build a “world-class, state-of-the-art facility.” Among other things, he also explained how the company has conducted internal quality training for 3,000 employees supporting the US over-the-counter business.

Yet the meeting was more than just a review of the challenges the company has faced.

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April 28th, 2011

Voting Results from Johnson & Johnson’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders

By Doug Chia, Assistant General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Johnson & Johnson

Today, Johnson & Johnson held its 123rd Annual Meeting of Shareholders in New Brunswick, New Jersey. As usual, it was great opportunity for the Company to engage with individual shareholders who took time out of a weekday to hear about accomplishments and future opportunities for the Johnson & Johnson family of companies. It was also an opportunity for our Chairman/CEO, Bill Weldon, to speak frankly about the challenges the Company has faced, and what opportunities lay ahead.

For me, the meeting had a special relevance. Though I’ve participated in a number of our shareholders meetings in the past, this was the first time that I had the honor of attending it participating as Corporate Secretary.

A replay of the meeting and a press release about the day has been posted on our corporate website, and I know Marc captured a few highlights from today on Twitter. As Corporate Secretary I decided I’d post to JNJBTW about something I have direct responsibility for: The votes taken at today’s meeting.

Today, there were seven items voted on by the Corporation’s shareholders, ranging from the election of the company’s directors to a resolution concerning pharmaceutical pricing.

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April 27th, 2011

Our Approach to Access to Medicines and the Medicines Patent Pool

From Will Stephens, Vice President, Global Access & Partnerships, Janssen Global Services, LLC

There is a healthy debate underway on patent pools as a way to increase access to HIV medicines in the developing world. My job as head of our Company’s Global Access & Partnerships Program puts me at the center of this conversation and also gives me a unique perch to see how a patent pool might help.

Africa and the health of its people are very close to my heart. Over the last 10 years, my assignments have taken me to the continent multiple times a year, most recently this past December. Then, our entire global access team met in Johannesburg with community health workers in several challenged communities, checked our progress and made plans for our newest HIV medicine we hope will begin to be introduced this year. We’ve made great progress but the challenges are big and a patent pool may be part of the solution.

Before the Medicines Patent Pool opened its doors this year, we completed (or were in the late stages of completing) eight licensing agreements with low-cost generic companies for our two available HIV medicines and the additional HIV medicine we hope to begin introducing this year.

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April 21st, 2011

Celebrating Sustainability on Earth Day at Johnson & Johnson

From Al Iannuzzi, Senior Director, Worldwide Health & Safety, Johnson & Johnson

Today marks the 41st annual celebration of Earth Day, a day to celebrate our environment and focus on creating a greener planet.

Here at Johnson & Johnson, we are joining the one billion people around the world celebrating this important day. In my role as a senior director of Worldwide Health and Safety for Johnson & Johnson, I’ve had a firsthand look at our work in product stewardship and sustainability across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. As a large healthcare company, it’s important that we remain committed to reducing our medical waste in the environment.

We’ve done a lot of work in the area of sustainability. Our EARTHWARDS program, established in 2009, encourages product stewardship as well as sustainable product innovation in all of our companies. As of today, we have 16 products given the EARTHWARDS distinction, and we hope to have 60 EARTHWARDS products by 2015.

Across the company, our businesses are working to reduce their environmental impact and improve the health of our planet. Our Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics franchise installed a 1.7 Megawatt solar power array at their headquarters in Raritan, NJ. Our campus of Janssen, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen powered up the largest solar power installation in New Jersey last September.

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April 12th, 2011

A Longer Allergy Season?!

The weather is turning warmer here in New Jersey and with it come a lot of exciting things – longer days, baseball games and beach trips. For me and many others, it also brings with it the dreaded allergy season. So I was surprised to hear that the 2011 allergy season was expected to be 27 days longer in northernmost parts of North America according to a recent study.

That means 27 more days of sneezing, congestion and especially itchy eyes for the one in five people in the United States that suffer from allergies of the eye. This makes it particularly challenging for some contact lens wearers because allergens and other irritants can build up on contact lenses over time, leading to discomfort and symptoms such as itching, tearing and redness. The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of American (AAFA) has a free brochure on eye health and allergies, supported by 1∙Day Acuvue Moist Brand Contact Lenses, that provides some helpful tips and information for allergy sufferers.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology also offers the following tips to help fight back this allergy season:

  • Keep your windows closed at night
  • Monitor pollen levels from the National Allergy Bureau and try to stay indoors when levels are high
  • Avoid hanging sheets or clothes outside to dry
  • Be sure to take any medication prescribed by your allergist regularly, in the recommended dosage

As for contact lens wearers, according to the AFFA’s brochure putting a clean, fresh lens into the eye each day minimizes the potential for the buildup of irritants – like allergens — that occur with repeated use of the same pair of lenses.

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