My Meeting with a former Johnson & Johnson District Manager for Levaquin.

Several months ago I compiled a list of former Levaquin sales reps and managers. I signed up for the social media resource LinkedIn. I had hoped to establish communications with a former Levaquin representative. I generated a list of about 30 former Johnson & Johnson employees who sold Levaquin. I figured I would be very difficult to get into any meaningful discussion with a current Johnson & Johnson employee so past employees would be the best avenue to pursue. I collected contact information for the former J&J reps and emailed a few on my list. I told them about the severe disabling reactions that has happened to so many of us. I gave them the Freedom of Information documentation, PBS news segment, Dr. Cohen and Dr. Plumb letters ect. The first couple of people that I talked to told me they were unaware of the true extent of this toxicity. I pretty much knew that Johnson & Johnson senior management would not properly inform the sales team of the true toxicity of this antibiotic. Downplaying the true risk profile of this drug means more sales which mean more profit. When I communicated with a few of the Levaquin reps, they were reluctant to divulge any important and meaningful marketing information. I pretty much assumed that it would be unlikely that the former sales reps would be open to a lengthy discussion. However, the third person that I talked to was a different story. This person had some health issues that they were dealing with and I soon formed a bond with this person. I exchanged emails and over time developed a good friendship. I think this person really understood the difficulties and life challenges of health problems and really empathized with me. Since there aren’t many District Managers for Levaquin, I don’t want to get this person in any trouble by revealing his/her gender. I know whistleblowers often face some form of retribution. Especially at Johnson & Johnson. The book Blood Feud by Kathleen Sharpe is a great example.
 
Last week I met the former Levaquin District Manager for lunch. I brought some health documentaries for this person to keep for his/her own health. I figured if this person was nice enough to meet with me, I needed to reciprocate in some fashion. The person was shocked when they saw that I was taking so many pain medications for my nerve and tendon damage. As the lunch went on, this person showed me many emails from Johnson & Johnson sent to him/her regarding Levaquin promotional campaigns, safety information, and a Levaquin visual aid. This is something that I had dreamed about for a long time. The opportunity to sit face to face with a Levaquin sales rep or a District Manager. The meeting confirmed what I knew to be true. That Johnson & Johnson deliberately downplayed important drug safety information. Senior Management at Johnson & Johnson showed complete contempt for their patients. They completely betrayed their famous credo.
 
At this point, I am not quite sure what to do with the Levaquin promotional information. For starters, I think I will send the material to RedLaw, a law firm that is considering Levaquin and Cipro lawsuits. I hope to be able to put the Levaquin documention to good use for all the fluoroquinolone victims across the country.    
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  2. Tammy R says:

    I hope something came of this and applaud you for your hard work on this. In 2006, I took Levaquin and suffered greatly for two years. Now, after five years of good health, I am suffering a relapse. I didn’t even know such a thing was possible. I am looking forward to reading more on your blog and hope that your health has improved. I read your most recent blog post and am sorry to hear about your friend and your mom. I hope she is healing!

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