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Bill Weldon This is my interpretation and response to the letter sent by William Weldon, the $29 million CEO of Johnson and Johnson to the Asbury Park Press regarding their series on the dirty reality of Johnson and Johnson.
Keywords: william, bill, weldon, ceo, pharma, scandal, corruption
Date Created/Edited: March 22, 2012
On November 20, 2011, William Weldon, the $30 million dollar (2011 compensation package) CEO of Johnson and Johnson submitted a response to "Cracks in The Empire: Inside Johnson & Johnson", a four part series published by Asbury Park Press.
The letter is located at this link: A Letter from J&J regarding this series
"On Sunday, I read the first article of your series about our company, and I was truly disappointed by your portrayal of Johnson & Johnson. The events you are writing about are a rehash of unfortunate issues we have acknowledged and addressed over the past few years. Your coverage pays scant attention to the many recent accomplishments and contributions to health care that the people of Johnson & Johnson have made - new life-saving medicines, medical innovations that advance patient care, and consumer products that enhance people's health and wellness.
We don't claim to be perfect and we own our mistakes. We would never put anything ahead of patient health and safety. In cases where we have let down our customers, we have accepted responsibility, initiated changes, and committed the company's resources to continuously improve ourselves and our products for the benefit of our patients. Your series, however, almost completely ignores the deep commitment of our 117,000 people who dedicate their careers and lives to serving the world's human health care needs.
We hold the Johnson & Johnson legacy and our Credo Values close to our hearts because we know so many people count on our company to cure, heal and help their families to lead healthy lives. It is this knowledge that inspires each of us at Johnson & Johnson to work on behalf of the millions of patients and customers who use our products every day around the world. We remain as committed today to Our Credo values as the generations of J&J employees who built this company for 125 years."
Bill, you may be disappointed by the 'portrayal', but figure it out - we're disappointed in the constant problems with products, recalls, and lawsuits. It seems obvious that J&J no longer follows required protocols, lacks ethics, lacks morality. Whistleblowers have been coming forward for decades showing what's really going on with pharmaceutical representative training to push drugs for off-label use - causing harm, sometimes even death, to the very patients you claim to care about in this letter.
As for your claim that you would never put anything ahead of patient safety, just how safe is a silent recall on a product that the company knows is defective and has the potential to cause harm, or even death, to a child? Money was the only motivation to attempt to keep that information from consumers. The choice put people, children, at risk of harm from a defective product. Additionally, how exactly does an entire batch of any product make it past reasonable product quality control to be recalled in the first place? Once or twice would have been acceptable, however, recalls to the point that a government agency had to take over three facilities to solve the problems for you shows a total lack of improvement in procedures to prevent the quality issues.
Accepting responsibility does not include appeals when the ruling in a courtroom was against J&J. That is not an example of accepting responsibility - that is a statement that J&J is not responsible for compensation to those who have been harmed by products or procedures, even though the court found the company liable for the harm caused to the patient by Johnson & Johnson products.
In addition to all the legal issues, there is a boycott of Johnson & Johnson baby products due to the fact that these products, used on the most sensitive segment of our society, our babies, contain known carcinogens that are banned in the same products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson in other countries. Bill, you have a degree in biology and are the CEO of the largest global conglomerate of over 250 companies relating to health care in the world. Do you really think that a known, proven, human carcinogen at a concentration of 210 ppm in a product intended to be used on the skin of a baby when the EPA threshold is only 2 ppm for an adult to prevent increased risk for developing cancer?
This is a fine example of causing harm to profit from healing from harms caused by Johnson & Johnson products. I am well-aware of the fact that other companies use the same chemicals in similar products, however, as the world leader in supposed care of consumer health, J&J should have set an example by removing these toxic ingredients long before now. But, I do understand, Bill. Without sick people, the medical diagnostic and pharmaceutical profits will decline. The only way to increase diagnostic and drug sales is to ensure that people are sick enough to require more of these products. Or, as was explained in yet another whistleblower lawsuit, commit fraud and over charge Medicare, Medicaide and other health organizations.
Bill, what has happened to Johnson & Johnson during your leadership is disgraceful. You should be ashamed of yourself. You have allowed a once-great company to fall into a pit of corruption, lies, bribes, fraud, toxic products and then have the audacity to insult the intelligence and motivation of people who choose to inform consumers of the snake-pit that Johnson & Johnson has become under your leadership. Our motivation is pure - the health and safety of consumers.
1. Contributing Authors (2011, November). Cracks in the Empire, Inside Johnson & Johnson. Asbury Park Press. Retrieved from http://archive.app.com/njshare/special/jnj/
2.Billy Weldon ;o) (2011, Novembe 20). J&J Weldon Response to Asbury Park "Cracks in the Empire" series. Asbury Park Press Archive. Retrieved from http://archive.app.com/assets/pdf/B31820721121.PDF