Congressional Investigation into J&J Recall Actions Widens to Include Contractors

Contract firms identified as helping Johnson & Johnson with what House Oversight committee chair Edolphus Towns (D-NY) has referred to as a “phantom recall” received letters from the committee asking them to detail their roles in the action.

Information requested includes the names of all J&J and McNeil employees who engaged the firms, details on the services provided including all related documentation, and whether the firms have contracted in the past to do similar work for J&J or are currently engaged in similar activities.

The letters, dated June 3, follow a similar letter sent to J&J’s CEO William Weldon on May 28 (IPQ June 3 “In the News”). The letters result from a Congressional hearing on May 27 that brought J&J  and FDA to the table to take a hard look at the company’s recent recall and GMP compliance problems (IPQ June 2 “In the News”).

According to information obtained by the committee, WIS of San Diego, California was recruited by Carolina Supply Chain Services (CSCS, now a division of Inmar) “on behalf of Johnson & Johnson” to purchase the affected Motrin.  Both firms received letters.

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[Editor’s note:  The June issue of IPQ will provide an in-depth report on the changing inspection and GMP enforcement landscape in the US, EU, and globally.]