Consumers deserve a clearer picture of what they can expect to pay at the pharmacy. At Janssen, we have long been a leader in transparency. When the current Administration’s American Patients First Blueprint issued in May of last year proposed including list price information in direct-to-consumer TV ads, we saw an opportunity to envision – and implement – additional transparency that would enable patients to make more informed decisions.
That’s why, later this quarter, we will begin including information about the cost of our medicines in pharmaceutical DTC TV advertising, starting with our most frequently prescribed medicine, an oral anti-coagulant. We will include both the list price and potential patient out-of-pocket costs.
We spoke with many consumers and patients to understand what pricing information would be most relevant to them. Their input not only shaped how we responded to the Administration’s DTC TV advertising proposal, it also suggested a common-sense path forward that we believe will give patients clearer, and more valuable, information about the cost of the medicines we advertise on TV.
As we begin to introduce cost information into our DTC TV ads, we will be thoughtful and patient-focused in our approach, communicating both list price and out-of-pocket cost information in ways that enable patients and consumers to understand this information easily. We’re starting with our most widely prescribed medicine so we can assess how the price and cost information is received by a broad range of people. We will take into account patient and consumer feedback in guiding roll-out to additional medicines we advertise on TV.
Our approach to DTC TV ads builds on our strong support for PhRMA’s revised advertising principles. In accordance with these principles, member companies will direct patients to online information about the costs of medicines advertised on television. An important self-imposed industry standard, the principles reflect PhRMA member companies’ commitment to more transparency about medicine costs. Importantly, the principles recognize that being transparent about list price alone is not enough.
Transparency is fundamental to achieving a more sustainable, results-based health system that delivers greater access to care at a more manageable cost. Later this quarter, we’ll provide more up-to-date information about our responsible business practices that put patients first, including how we invest our resources, price our medicines, and help people who need Janssen medicines get access to them, in our third annual Janssen U.S. Transparency Report.
In taking this step today, we are continuing our legacy of leadership in transparency by voluntarily sharing meaningful, relevant information about what people can expect to pay for their medicines in our DTC TV advertising.
Organizational Announcement from Joaquin Duato:
Thibaut Mongon appointed Consumer Worldwide Chairman
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Thibaut Mongon to Executive Vice President and Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc., effective March 1, 2019. Thibaut will report to me and join the Executive Committee of Johnson & Johnson. In addition to leading the Consumer business, Thibaut will have responsibility for Johnson & Johnson Southeast Asia. Thibaut succeeds Jorge Mesquita who has announced his retirement from Johnson & Johnson.
Thibaut is a global leader who has lived and worked on five continents, across all three sectors. He is known as an authentic, Credo-based leader who is an advocate for diversity and inclusion and a champion of talent development. Since 2014, Thibaut has served as Company Group Chairman, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Asia-Pacific. During his tenure, Thibaut led the transformation of this unit into an engine of accelerated revenue growth while stepchanging its level of profitability and creating a vibrant pipeline of consumer-centric innovation, a sales and marketing model leveraging digital and ecommerce, as well as, a strong empowered organization. Most recently, Thibaut led the acquisition of Ci:Z Holdings, the makers of the Dr.Ci:Labo brand, the largest stand-alone acquisition ever made by Johnson & Johnson in Asia.
Thibaut joined Johnson & Johnson in 2000 as Director of Marketing for the Vision Care group in France and subsequently held general management positions as Country Manager France, Belgium and North Africa, Managing Director Latin America, and President Asia-Pacific. Thibaut transitioned to the Pharmaceutical Group of Johnson & Johnson in 2012 as the Global Commercial Strategy Leader for the Neuroscience therapeutic area, based in the US, before joining the Consumer Group in his current position.
Thibaut has a degree in Business Administration from the Bordeaux Business School and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD. Thibaut and his family currently live in Singapore and will relocate back to the New Jersey area later this year.
Please join me in wishing Thibaut much success in his new role.
Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee
Jorge Mesquita Retirement
Jorge Mesquita has informed me of his decision to retire effective March 1, 2019. I want to thank Jorge for his many contributions to Johnson & Johnson during the past four years.
Jorge joined Johnson & Johnson in 2014 as Executive Vice President, and Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. Jorge has been a champion of innovation, ensuring a robust pipeline for our Consumer business moving forward. The recent relaunch of Johnson’s and the introduction of Listerine Ready! Tabs are just a few examples of Jorge’s emphasis on innovation. Jorge has established a clear strategy for the business with a focus on innovation, productivity and new ways of marketing for our legacy and newly acquired brands. Under Jorge’s leadership, we have added a number of new brands to our portfolio including OGX, Dr.Ci:Labo and Zarbee’s Naturals.
Please join me in thanking Jorge for his many contributions and wishing him well as he starts this next phase of life. A separate announcement regarding Jorge’s successor will follow.
The bus will depart from World Headquarters at 11 am sharp and you may start boarding the bus at 10:30 a.m. Parking is available at the World Headquarters Parking Lot. We will depart Sands at approximately 5:30 p.m. and return to New Brunswick approximately 6:30 pm. Friends, family and retirees are welcome but must be 21 years of age.
The cost of the bus trip is $35 (non-refundable) and the casino will give you $20 in slot play and $5 towards food. Seats are not fully confirmed until payment is received. There are outlet stores and a food court on the second floor of the casino. We will have a 50/50 raffle and the cost is $5 for one ticket or 3 tickets for $10.
If you are interested, please contact Debbie Kinelski-Tomminelli by phone (732-524-1751) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. Cash or a check payable to the J&J Employee Gift Fund is acceptable. Also, if you have paid and cannot attend, a refund will NOT be provided unless we can fill the seat. If you are a Sands Casino member, remember to bring your player card.
Per the contract with Suburban Transit, alcohol of any kind is prohibited on the bus.
We look forward to having you participate in our fundraiser to benefit the J&J Employee Gift Fund.
Through the generosity of Johnson & Johnson employees, the J&J Employee Gift Fund provides a helping hand throughout the year to families temporarily in need of assistance in the communities where we live and work.
Since 2011, Johnson & Johnson has partnered with nationwide nonprofit American Corporate Partners (ACP) to engage business leaders as mentors to veterans making the transition from the military to the corporate workforce.
ACP pairs Mentors and Protégés in one-on-one, yearlong mentorships that are facilitated by ACP staff. Volunteer Mentors assist with topics such as career exploration, résumé review, interview preparation, networking, career coaching, entrepreneurship, and overall professional development.
For more than 10 years, ACP has provided transitioning servicemembers and veterans with customized mentorships with experienced business professionals across the country. More than 13,000 veterans have completed an ACP mentorship.
Today, with support from J&J, ACP is proud to be offering career mentorships to active duty military spouse, and we invite YOU to serve as a mentor for these spouses.
Whether you have previous mentoring experience, a military connection, or simply want to give back to the military community, military spouses are eager to learn from your expertise. Volunteer to assist with topics including career exploration, resume review, interview preparation and more.
Learn more about ACP, its mentorship programs and apply as a Mentor here!
Dear J&J Colleagues,
Today we continue to actively defend the safety of our talc and the integrity
and reputation of our company with key stakeholders, including the media,
investors, consumers and you, our employees.
Last night, Alex was featured on CNBC's Mad
Money setting the record straight. During the segment, Alex
stressed the safety of talc and the ethics of our company. While we continue to
see stories perpetuating the false information published by Reuters last
Friday, we are now seeing more balanced stories appearing in several outlets
including Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC and Business Insider.
Today we are launching our second advertisement called, “What We Know” to clarify any false information
and to ensure our stakeholders have access to the important information about
the safety of talc.
For example, we know that we have consistently acted with transparency in this
matter. We have always cooperated fully and openly with the FDA and other
regulators, making our talc available for testing.
We know, and as Our Credo reminds us, patients come first, and nothing is more
important than the health and safety of the mothers, fathers and all others who
use our products. We know that Johnson’s Baby Powder does not contain asbestos
and we test every single lot to ensure it.
Many of you have asked how you can engage in the defense of our company through
your social channels. You can share content that J&J has published on
Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Here is additional information on how and what you can
share on social media.
Thank you for all you do as stewards of the reputation of Johnson & Johnson
and your continued commitment to health.Michael Sneed
Executive Vice President
Global Corporate Affairs and Chief Communication Officer
Dear J&J Colleagues,I’m writing to ensure that as employees, you can be confident that Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is safe and asbestos-free. In fact, the talc in our baby powder is the purest, safest pharmaceutical-grade talc on earth.As your Chairman and CEO, I take very seriously and personally the recent media reports that say otherwise. I know many of you feel the same way. Given all that has transpired, it’s important for me to set the record straight and answer your questions.I trust you know that these media stories are one-sided and false. And because of this, we are publicly challenging them, defending the facts on talc and defending the integrity of our company. I want you to be as informed as possible, so below are links to the statements we have made in response to the media articles: Our response to the Reuters article.Our statement on The New York Times article. I am pleased to share that we’ve begun an aggressive digital, social and print advertising campaign, directing the public to review the facts for themselves at www.factsabouttalc.com.I want to assure you that the executive team and I are actively engaging with the media and investment community to counter these false articles.As we move forward, I strongly encourage you to visit the www.factsabouttalc.com website and reference the other resources available, so you understand the truth about talc and the integrity of Johnson & Johnson. Feel free to share your comments and questions on my blog. Thank you for leading with and living into Our Credo and helping to ensure that good health is within reach of everyone everywhere!
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Dear Johnson & Johnson Retiree,
The J&J North America Government Affairs department is pleased to announce a new grassroots advocacy website designed for employees and retirees. The Johnson & Johnson Political Information Network JJPIN site is your one-stop resource for the company’s current federal and state legislative priorities, your legislators and nonpartisan voting information. Also, as appropriate, you may be asked to voluntarily weigh in with your elected representative about an important piece of legislation with significant impact to our business. Please take a moment to visit the site at: www.jjpin.com. Registration is as easy as signing onto the online company store. Your voice makes a difference. Thank you.
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This website is solely for retirees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, and will help you reconnect with colleagues, stay up to date on the latest Johnson & Johnson news, and take advantage of everything available to you as a retiree.
For over 125 years, the employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies have worked to advance the health and well-being of people throughout the world. Thank you for your contributions in pursuit of this goal.
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