J&J’s CEO William Weldon has been invited to appear before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to explain the contents of e-mail messages uncovered in the committee’s investigation into the company’s recall of children’s medicines earlier this year.
Committee Chair Edolphus Towns (D-NY) explained that the hearing was necessary as the new information obtained “raises additional questions.” Attached to the invitation to Weldon was the text of some of the e-mail messages obtained from May/June 2009.
Included are internal e-mails as well as messages to J&J’s senior management from the contractor working with the company to address the problem products. The massive recall of children’s medicines took place in April 2010 based on prompting by FDA following its inspection findings (IPQ “In the News May 6).
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