Bloomberg Buiness News, "Johnson and Johnson Unit Plans a Guilty Plea," New York Times,
11 January 1995, p. D4.
Here is an outcome of some fast playing some years ago by Johnson and Johnson in the
marketing of its Retin-A skin cream. That product was originally an acne medicine and was
approved for use for that purpose by the FDA. However, a fast promotion by Johnson and
Johnson led to marketing as a "wrinkle cream."
Johnson and Johnson has admitted to the destruction of some documents and will pay $5 million
in fines and an addition $2.5 million to cover the cost of the federal investigation. That's a total
of $7.5 million for a very large and successful drug manufacturer.
The company admits that destroying documents was "absolutely wrong" and has removed three
The company said it would not be charged with improper promotion and the FDA is reported to
be closing its investigation.
(Not a part of this article but as background: the marketing of Retin-A was a scandal years ago.
Money magazine has a long article on the misbehaviors of the company. To have all those
charges dropped with the simple admission of "document destruction" and this piddling fine is a
joke. There were hundreds of millions involved and several senior scientists at various schools.
Now, nothing further will be done.)