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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Johnson & Johnson

After hearing Joseph Lister speak in 1876, American pharmacist Robert Wood Johnson nurtured the idea of a practical application of Lister's teachings on surgical dressings. After ten years of experimentation, he joined his brothers James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson to create a line of ready-to-use surgical dressings  Johnson & Johnson produced its first products in 1886 and was incorporated in 1887.

The Johnson brothers' surgical dressing was mass-produced and sent throughout the US to meet the needs of their hospitals for improved antiseptic surgical procedures.

Robert Wood Johnson's granddaughter, Mary Lea Johnson Richards, was the first baby to appear on a Johnson & Johnson baby powder label.

Johnson & Johnson first sold Band-Aid Adhesive Bandages in 1921. They were developed by Earle Dickson, an employee of Johnson & Johnson or his clumsy, accident-prone wife, Josephine.

Johnson & Johnson initiated a nationwide product recall in the United States on October 5, 1982 for all products in its Tylenol brand after several bottles in Chicago were found to have been laced with cyanide, resulting in seven deaths. Within a week, the company pulled 31 million bottles of tablets back from retailers, making it one of the first major product recalls in American history.

Tylenol PM (left) and Tylenol (right). By Ragesoss - Wikipedia

The Food and Drug Administration approved Sirturo (bedaquiline), a Johnson & Johnson tuberculosis drug on December 31, 2012, It was the first new medicine to fight the infection in more than forty years.

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