Open Letter to CEO Mr. William Weldon.

Open Letter to Johnson & Johnson CEO William Weldon.                                                                                                                                                                                                      October 11th, 2011

William Weldon      

CEO and Chairman of the Board                                                                

Johnson & Johnson

One Johnson & Johnson Plaza

New Brunswick, New Jersey 08933          

 

Dear Mr. William Weldon, 

My name is John Fratti. The reason that I am writing this letter to you is that you are the CEO at Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ ). I suffered a severe long term adverse reaction to the antibiotic Levaquin. I have documented nerve, tendon, and central nervous system damage from this drug which is sold by Ortho-McNeil, a Johnson and Johnson subsidiary. Many other patients have suffered similar long term injuries. My family sent a package of medical documentation on Levaquin to you. We asked that you help initiate medical research on this drug in an effort to try and help people that have been seriously injured by Levaquin regain some of their lost health.   

The beginning sentence of the famous Johnson & Johnson Credo states the following: “We believe our first responsibility is to the doctors, nurses and patients, to mothers and fathers and all others who use our products and services.” The JNJ Credo goes on to say the following: “We are responsible to the communities in which we live and work and to the world community as well.” 

As the CEO and a Board Director at Johnson & Johnson, I feel that you have an ethical and moral responsibility to honor the JNJ Credo by engaging in medical research to help patients seriously injured from Levaquin. Many consumers severely affected by Levaquin have lost not only their health but also their job and income. Many face enormous medical bills. Individuals and families have been devastated physically, emotionally, and financially from Levaquin. Jenne Wilcox, a young school teacher, was bedridden for over a year after taking Levaquin. Unable to work, the Wilcox family ended up losing their home. Her doctors continue to treat her for Levaquin toxicity. Jenne’s story can be seen on a recent PBS national news special on Levaquin at the following link: http://video.pbs.org/video/2007003914 

An FDA Freedom of Information Report for Levaquin states that there have been 20,243 Individual Safety Reports filed to the FDA MedWatch system for this drug from 11/1/1997 to 5/31/2011. I made a difficult trip to the Johnson & Johnson shareholder meeting. I gave a civil and respectful speech to you, the rest of the Johnson & Johnson Board Directors, and the shareholders about Levaquin. As you are aware, my speech drew a loud round of applause from the JNJ shareholders. They were very conscientious over this issue. I wish the same could be said about the Board Directors at JNJ. Your company has profited at the expense of many people that have suffered devastating injuries from Levaquin.  

It has been over five years since my adverse reaction to Levaquin. I have to take multiple daily prescription pain medications for my nerve and tendon injuries. Prior to Levaquin toxicity, I was a healthy and athletic pharmaceutical sales representative. Many other Levaquin injured patients have suffered worse outcomes than me.

After the shareholder meeting was over, you came over at sat down next to me. That was a nice gesture on your part. You said that you were sorry about what happened to me from Levaquin and that you would make an effort to help. You mentioned that  the sales force tries to inform doctors about these potential severe adverse reactions. I gave you some medical literature on Levaquin toxicity along with a Levaquin film documentary and some personal information. I am still waiting to hear back from you Mr. Weldon. 

The phrase “Caring for the World, One Patient at a Time” was mentioned numerous times by Johnson & Johnson Directors at the annual shareholder meeting. You have an opportunity to show leadership by incorporating these values, along with your corporate Credo, into a commitment to help those that have suffered immensely from Levaquin. Thank you for your time and consideration Mr. Weldon.

Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        John Fratti                                                                                                                                                                                                                           jfratti@comcast.net

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