Should J&J Sell it Cancer Causing Baby Powder in Developing Countries?

21 May, 2020

Dear colleagues, 

Effective communication is also passing on fact-based information as quickly as possible.  Johnson and Johnson is now attempting to do what other companies were allowed to do in the past: 

1. In the 1970s Nestle promoted its baby formula in developing countries.  That act was so egregious a Federal Court in NY found the company guilty and It became a case study at the Harvard Business School to teach prospective mangers what not to do.  Here is an account of what happened:

2. Phillip Morris (Altria), after paying heavy fines in the USA for causing cancer, found markets in developing countries. Philip Morris is not just a tobacco company.  It also owns food companies Kraft and General Foods as well as e-cigarettes Juul.

3. US Pharmaceuticals test their drugs in developing countries before they start selling them.  Most of these companies are located in New Jersey, USA, but their drugs are tested in developing countries.  The Nuremberg Trial was drafted in 1947 and entered into law in 1951.  Because of this trial,  the world has agreed that experimental tests and trials be done under strict protocol and the subjects must sing clearly stated consent forms before the trial and testing starts. It is not enough to ask people to sign forms that were not written in their languages and dialects.  It is not enough to assume that the subjects have agreed because they signed forms they did not understand.  US pharmaceuticals could test their drugs in the USA but they are too lazy to follow the rules and avoiding lawsuits.  They must know that life in one country is not more important compared to another.  

Now, Johnson & Johnson, after being found guilty of causing cancer, has decided to take its cancer causing product to developing countries.   But they can be stopped because of organizations like HIFA.  Let us save lives by alerting governments ASAP that they should not accept Johnson & Johnson's offers to produce and distribute their product known to cause cancer.  Here is an article published by the New York Times on 5/19/2020:

If Johnson & Johnson pays fines to its North American clients they should also pay the same amount to all.  Most importantly Johnson & Johnson and their distributors must know that all children must be protected regardless of where they live.  While HIFA could disseminate the information, respective governments must ban known cancer causing products in their respective countries.    

Keep safe, Enku

HIFA profile: Enku Kebede-Francis (PHD, MS, MEd) is an advisor in global health governance. She has worked for the United Nations (UNESCO, UNDP, UNFPA and UNDPI); was an Assistant Professor at Tufts University Medical School/Department of Public Health; and, a Visiting Scientist at the USDA’s Center for Human Nutrition Research Center for Aging and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University Medical School. She also designed and implemented preventive health programs promoting women’s health and tobacco cessation programs in Croatia and worked on addiction prevention programs in Florida and Massachusetts, USA. Her professional interests include preventing scurvy and childhood blindness in developing countries using micronutrients. An advocate for primary healthcare for all as a right, she published a textbook in 2010, Global health Disparities: closing the gap through good governance.