In 2002, Ralph Larsen, CEO of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Company retired and the quality control of this very stable company began to deteriorate. "His basic drumbeat was ... first and foremost, we're going to conduct business the right way," recalls a former McNeil VP. "And if we can't succeed, we'll exit” (Kimes, 2010). This particular leader had been the CEO of J & J since 1996 and the CEO before him also had the same moral code of ethics. There are not enough facts explaining why the demand for costs cutting outweighed protecting the health of our children. The effects of unethical practices from corporate leaders can reach beyond the scope of their employees and influence the well-being and safety of the populace as well as the environment (Mayr, 2012). Maybe they did not look at it from a parents’ perspective or assumed they would get away with it. There were many decisions made to increase productivity without regard to quality assurance. This company has been manufacturing drugs for over a decade and after its scare in 1982, they were considered a family-oriented company that was very strict when it came to packaging. After many inspections, a lot of 483s (a critical report card produced after an inspection ), J & J ended up recalling 136 million bottles of children’s Motrin, Tylenol, Benadryl, and Zyrtec along with many other recalls to come. When a brand is demolished publically, it may never stand a chance again in today’s’ market. I have been a user of this brand for the past eight years and my parents are probably the ones that had it in the house growing up. We have seen its logo for years and consider it a “brand we can trust”, but after researching this may not be the case anymore. What makes it worse about the whole thing is the CEO now, Bill Weldon, is not making him known to the public nor is the company. You would think that they would hold their head up, be held accountable for their mistakes, be honest and do everything at their disposal to fix the problem. "At every step in this process J&J has not been transparent," says Don Riker, a consultant to OTC drug companies. "Every bit of information is cagey, secretive, and micromanaged." If they want to sustain any credibility with their consumers, they have to be open and honest about what is going on. Apparently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had be undergoing inspections at J & J since 1996 that began with a warning letter which condemned McNeil’s (McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the J&J division that makes over-the-counter (OTC) drugs) manufacturing and testing processes. Anytime a plant was reprimanded with a 483, they did not treat it with severity, which would bring the FDA back for another inspection. The team that tested the production lines was dubbed the "EZ Pass system," according to a former quality-control employee (Kimes, 2010). What is so disturbing is the employees in control of products that sits on millions of shelves distributed to millions of children are considered the “easy place” to work in the plant. Their accounts depict a division, McNeil, that has undergone a wrenching cultural change, and a quality-assurance department that crumbled as its mistakes were overlooked -- at times, some former employees say, deliberately (Kimes, 2010). At the end of 2006, they were on the hunt for a jump in revenue and growth. They landed a huge merger with the manufacturers of Sudafed which would also be the first year Zyrtec would hit the shelves as their drug. This acquisition also was to save McNeil over 100 million in sales for 2007. These changes caused the company to continue to get in over their heads in unethical decisions made by CEO, Bill Weldon along with other high ranking employees. According to tax records filed with White marsh Township, where Fort Washington is located, McNeil's
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Johnson & Johnson
Three brothers Robert, James, and Edward Johnson founded Johnson & Johnson during 1886 in Brunswick, New Jersey. During the beginning this company published methods on sterile surgery, which later became standards worldwide. Not only it set standards for surgery but it also developed products such as first aid kits, maternity kits, and sanitary protection products for women, dental floss, band aide…
Johnson & Johnson has set several positive goals to keep the company environmentally friendly and was ranked third among the United States's largest companies in Newsweek's "Green Rankings". Some examples are the reduction in water use, waste, and energy use and an increased level of transparency. Johnson & Johnson agreed to change its packaging of plastic bottles due to harmful chemicals used in the manufacturing process, switching their packaging of liquids to safe non-polycarbonate containers…
Johnson repeats his point that everything in the world is somehow connected to everything else. This entire system can be broken down to just two things: Culture and Structure. He defines culture as what "contains words and ideas that people can use to name and interpret what they experience (39)." Culture is the way we construct reality through our beliefs, values, norms and attitudes within a social system using symbols to build up that meaning. Symbols are exactly what built…
JOHNSON & JOHNSON CASE ANALYSIS
Johnson & Johnson is a multi-national company comprised of various operating companies situated all over the world, and the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and high-value diagnostic products and services for the global health care community. General Robert Wood Johnson and his two brothers started a company in 1885 that would eventually help revolutionize the surgical and medical fields with innovative…
“Honey!” said Harry.
Harry fumbled as he struggled to open the door with his foot.
“Honey!” repeated Harry, his arms full with boxes labeled “Billy/Susie's room”. His flawless wife Karen came to his help and swung the new bone white front door open as Harry took another shaky step towards the brand new, polished, hardwood stairs. Harry jumped a little to re-adjust his grip on the boxes. A cool breeze came in and Harry’s hat adjusted a bit to…
Johnson and Johnson Case Analysis
Johnson and Johnson, commonly called J&J for short, is one of the world's well known, largest, most decentralized and most diversified health care companies. Since 1887, Johnson and Johnson has been producing, manufacturing and selling products related to human health and well-being. Today J&J has over 200 autonomous operating companies and do business globally specializing in consumer products, medical devices and diagnostics, and pharmaceuticals…
Few athletes are truly unique, changing the way their sport is played with their singular skills. Earvin “Magic” Johnson was one of them. He could control the game and is still considered today, one of the best basketball players in history. But in 1991, tragedy hit Johnson and would soon force him to retire. He publicly announced to America that he was infected with HIV. At the time, Americans assumed that these virus’ were only obtainable through homosexuals or intense drug users. There was a lot…
The way that Johnson and Johnson have made it so that consumers are truly intrigued in their company is setting high goals as a company so that consumers notice them in a way that keeps Johnson and Johnson at the top of their game. The way that john and Johnson keeps close with all of their consumers is relating with them as much as possible so that they can build a relationship with their customers and the same reasons why people want to work at Johnson and Johnson. By keeping in top ranks…
OSA JOHNSON CAPTURES ADVENTURES FOR KANSAS HISTORY
Osa Leighty was unimpressed by the young photographer who took her brother's portrait. She was more concerned that her three-year-old brother sit still. It was hot, and she wanted to get home. The photographer, Martin Johnson, had traveled from Independence to Chanute to sell photographs at a penny a piece. The chance meeting marked the beginning of an adventurous partnership that made Kansas history.
Martin Johnson spent the next several…
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