No More Tears? The Shame of Johnson & Johnson
In 1972, prisoners at Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia were paid $3 to have their eyes held open with clamps and hooks while Johnson & Johnson’s baby shampoo was dropped into them. In 2011, mothers of newborns were arrested when their babies tested positive for exposure to cannabis, a false result caused by the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Foaming Baby Wash. Young men have undergone mastectomies to remove breasts grown as a result of Johnson & Johnson antipsychotics, which were used as a result of Johnson & Johnson’s criminal promotion of its drugs for off-label purposes.
And now, Johnson & Johnson has announced the removal of carcinogenic chemicals from their No More Tears baby shampoo.
It’s hard to reconcile such betrayals with the company’s credo, formulated in 1943 and promoted as guiding the company’s ethics; “Caring for the world, one person at a time.” Who knew that Johnson & Johnson’s claims that their baby shampoo is as gentle to the eyes as pure water rests on their abuse of prisoners attempting to earn money to pay bail, or send home to their wives and children? I certainly didn’t when I used these products on my son, nor did I know that they contained formaldehyde, the chemical used to embalm his body after his death due to the use of pharmaceutical drugs. My sister who bathed her babies with Johnson & Johnson products and who died three years ago from Leukemia had no idea that the baby shampoo she used contained dioxane, known in California and by the U.S. EPA as a “probable carcinogen” that can cause “hepatic and renal lesions, and demyelination and edema of the brain.”