May 1st, 2010

McNeil Announces Voluntary Recall

Last night, the McNeil Consumer Healthcare business of Johnson & Johnson announced the voluntary recall of certain lots of over-the-counter infants’ and children’s products. In their press release, the company said the following that explains why this is happening:

“McNeil Consumer Healthcare is initiating this voluntary recall because some of these products may not meet required quality standards. This recall is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse medical events. However, as a precautionary measure, parents and caregivers should not administer these products to their children. Some of the products included in the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles. While the potential for serious medical events is remote, the company advises consumers who have purchased these recalled products to discontinue use.”

A complete list of the products involved and additional information about the recall can be found on their website, or by calling 1-888 222-6036 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time). Any adverse reactions may also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at

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April 23rd, 2010

Tweets from Today’s Shareholder Meeting

As I was wrapping everything up for the day, I thought that for those who weren’t following @JNJComm this morning ‘d share my tweets from today’s annual shareholders meeting. The meeting started at about 10 AM Eastern Standard Time.

10:04 — Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Bill Weldon addresses shareholders at company’s annual meeting #JNJAM10

10:37 — CEO Weldon says 70% of sales are from products with #1 or #2 market share positions #JNJAM10

10:37 — CEO Weldon says it is the 48th consecutive year Johnson & Johnson has increased quarterly dividend #JNJAM10

10:38 — CEO Weldon says that in 2009, Johnson & Johnson delivered total shareholder return of 11.3 percent #JNJAM10

10:40 — Shareholders elect nominees to the J&J Board of Directors/ratify PricewaterhouseCoopers as independent auditors for 2010 #JNJAM10

10:41 — Johnson & Johnson increased quarterly dividend from 49 cents a share to 54 cents a share #JNJAM10

10:46 — CEO Weldon outlines 4 factors that enable growth that will be focused on: 1) innovative products, 2) robust pipelines #JNJAM10

10:47 — CEO Weldon outlines 4 factors that enable growth that will be focused on: 3) global presence, 4) talented people #JNJAM10

10:49 — WW Chairman of Consumer, Colleen Goggins addresses the Johnson & Johnson shareholder meeting #JNJAM10

10:50 — Goggins describes opportunities for the consumer business: emerging markets, digital media, non-traditional retail channels, sustainability

10:55 — Johnson & Johnson increased quarterly dividend from 49 cents a share to 54 cents a share #JNJAM10 $JNJ

11:03 — Goggins highlights Text4Baby initiative ( and at J&J shareholder meeting #JNJAM10

11:04 — WW Chairman of Medical Devices and Diagnostics Alex Gorsky addresses Johnson & Johnson shareholder meeting #JNJAM10

11:10 – Gorsky says MD&D segment is “largest in the world” and then highlights some of the breakthrough innovations the company is bring to market

11:19 — WW Chairman of Pharmaceuticals Sheri McCoy addresses Johnson & Johnson shareholder meeting #JNJAM10

11:23 — McCoy describes how the global pharmaceutical market is roughly $775 billion and projected to grow to over a trillion by 2014 #JNJAM10

11:39 — CEO Weldon describes the company’s Bridge to Employment program — and how it builds HC systems and lives #JNJAM10

11:42 — CEO Weldon talks about how Johnson & Johnson responded to the earthquake in Chile #JNJAM10

12:23 — That’s the end of the presentations at the J&J annual shareholders meeting.

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April 22nd, 2010

Busy Day Here in New Brunswick… And an Earth Day Video to Boot

It has been a busy day — not only did Johnson & Johnson hold its yearly shareholders meeting (check out my Twitter stream on it – oh, and Margaret Gurowitz’s post on the history of the meeting) — but today was also Earth Day. It so happens, to commemorate the day Rob Halper uploaded a short video on the health channel about some of the green initiatives at our corporate headquarters building in New Brunswick, which was recently awarded LEED Existing Buildings Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This award recognizes performance in key areas like water and energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials used and wastes generated, and innovative design. Check it out:

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April 21st, 2010

Partnering for a Healthier Future

From Tish Lascelle, Senior Director, Strategy and Assurance, Worldwide Environment, Health & Safety,
Johnson & Johnson

On Earth Day 2010, I’ll be thinking about the year 2015.

I work in an environmental and sustainability capacity for Johnson & Johnson, and during the past 12 months I’ve been stewarding the development of our next set of long-term sustainability goals: our Healthy Future 2015 goals.

When I was a kid I was inspired by Marie Curie. Learning about her was my first realization that women could be scientists – and, she did it in the early 1900’s! On top of that, she was cool because she discovered and named two elements, most notably radium – the early ‘glo’ in Day-Glo (yes, also a child of the 60’s). Madame Curie once said, “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more.” Her words resonate with me today as I work with the team at Johnson & Johnson to understand more about our role in contributing to a healthier future. I believe our sustainability strategy is richer because we invite the views of our stakeholders.

Dialogue with external partners helps us to identify and understand emerging risks and opportunities in the sustainability space.

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April 19th, 2010

40 Years of Earth Day

From Annette Russo, Manager, Communications and Training, WWEHS, Johnson & Johnson

Like twenty million other Americans, I was part of the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. I heeded the call for a day of protest and education, and did a small thing to improve the environment. Looking back, I think my Earth Day experiences parallel the history of the day itself. As I eventually became a consultant and groundwater geologist, I understood the reasons for the growing number of environmental regulations. I became part of a growing cadre of environmental professionals trained to address environmental compliance and remediation. We learned to use environmental management systems as a tool for better environmental management.

And today, people take a holistic view of the environment – looking at the products companies make as well as the places where they make them while considering social and economic impacts alongside environmental ones. Many call this “sustainability”, and it has changed the way business gets done. 

It’s Earth Day 1970…I’m standing waist deep in a cold, spring-fed creek in my hometown pushing a wire box filled with heavy rock down into the mud of the creek bed. We’re trying to save the creek. The city moved it a few months earlier to build a new road, leaving a bed that was wide and shallow.

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April 16th, 2010

Giving a Hand to Raise Awareness of Diabetes

Just recently, a colleague of mine over at our LifeScan business gave me a heads up about a project she’s been working one that they hope will help raise awareness about a disease that is all too often about statistics and too seldom about the hearts and minds of the thousands of people it touches.

Back in 2008, LifeScan’s OneTouch brand team launched the Global Diabetes Handprint – which enables people with diabetes to share what it means to them to live with this disease. Inspired by the Word in Your Hand Project found on, the idea is for you to write the one word in the palm of your hand that best describes what diabetes means to you and share it on the Global Diabetes Handprint website.

The Global Diabetes Handprint now has a home on Facebook. When you add your hand image to the site, it will be added to a community mosaic comprised of people representing every age, gender, and race from all around the globe.

Yet beyond raising awareness of a disease that afflicts about 23.6 million people each year what I found particularly intriguing about this initiative is that for every hand received, OneTouch® will donate $5 to one of three diabetes charities – Taking Care of Your Diabetes, Diabetes Education and Camping Association or Diabetes Hands Foundation.

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April 12th, 2010

Improving Health Through Prevention

From William C. Weldon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Although I’ve been a reader of JNJBTW since it was launched, I’ve yet to be a contributor. Today, though, I gave a talk on prevention and why we should pay as much attention to keeping people healthy as we do to treating them when they’re sick – and I thought it was something readers of this blog may find of interest. 

Now I know it may sound simplistic or obvious to say preventing disease is better than treating or curing it, and it may be surprising to hear someone like me – who heads the world’s largest health care products company – advocating this idea.  

But if you’ve spent a lifetime in health care, as I have, you just can’t ignore the nagging sense that there must be a better way to improve the health and well-being of people and make our health care system financially viable than just doing more of what we do now.

While new drugs and technologies help us treat – and cure – many diseases today, it’s also true that we’re treating a lot of preventable disease. The World Health Organization says 80 percent of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, and 40 percent of cancer could be prevented if people would just do three things: eat healthy, be physically active and not smoke.

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April 8th, 2010

Remember that Appointment!

OK. Perhaps it was that kind of day, but this one had me laughing out loud.

Seriously, it did!

Yesterday, for World Health Day, my colleague Rob Halper uploaded a funny, yet informative video that encouraged people to visit their doctor to the Johnson & Johnson health channel on YouTube. Called “The Appointment” (there’s also a Spanish version called ”La Cita”), it was produced by the Johnson & Johnson company, Health Media, Inc. and, according to Rob, falls somewhere between “The Twilight Zone”, “Monty Python” and “Marcus Welby, MD”. Not sure I’d agree with THAT characterization, but it DID make me laugh — all while reminding me of the importance of making sure that the next time I visit my physician, I make sure to ask the right questions, understand what is being said, take notes if need be and share any changes in my health or life with my doc. Good stuff.

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April 6th, 2010

World Health Day

From Mark Krajnak, Manager, Corporate Communication, Johnson & Johnson

April 7th is World Health Day. Late last year, I had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua for a story we were working on for the Johnson & Johnson 2009 Annual Report and I had the chance to see how Johnson & Johnson is working to keep children free of infection.

The story, which you can read here, focuses on Fernanda, an active fourth grader who lives her family in Jinotepe, Nicaragua, about an hour or so away from Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua. But while Managua is very hustling and bustling and where most travelers go, Jinotepe is less visited but gives one a true taste of the culture and heritage of the country.

Unfortunately, Nicaragua is one of the second poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere and that’s what puts children like Fernanda and her brother Luis, at risk for infection with soil-transmitted helminths, or STH: roundworms, whipworms and hookworms.

About 400 million children worldwide are at risk of infection.  Found mostly in tropical and subtropical areas, STH is caused by a lack of clean water and sanitation. When Fernanda, and her little brother, Luis, are infected, they are listless, tired and don’t want to eat.

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March 22nd, 2010

Water Conservation: World Water Day

From Mark Krajnak, Manager, Corporate Communication, Johnson & Johnson

Around the world, the scarcity of water is increasing. This is especially evident in India, where a few months ago I had the opportunity to visit a Johnson & Johnson Consumer manufacturing facility located in Baddi, in the Himachal Pradesh region of India, nearly at the base of the Himalaya Mountains. While there, I got the chance to meet one of my colleagues, Achal Gupta, who is Manager of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) at the facility.

One of the stories in the Johnson & Johnson 2009 Annual Report focuses on Achal, and what he and his colleagues are doing to help conserve water in the region. Achal and the rest of the team work hard at harvesting rain water and runoff from the mountains. The facility also sees to it that every drop of treated water is reused for actions like irrigation and toilet flushing. Their water conservation efforts also extend beyond this facility, as the team collaborates with other companies in the region to share best practices.

It was one thing to hear about what the facility was doing and to see the goals and successes in a Power Point presentation.

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