People Trust Optometrists More Than Costco Or 1800CONTACTS, At Least According To Optometrist Group

People Trust Optometrists More Than Costco Or 1800CONTACTS, At Least According To Optometrist Group

As we’ve previously reported, there’s a legal war going on — with optometrists and manufacturers on one side, and discount and online retailers on the other — over how much you should have to pay for your contact lenses. Both sides of this battle have recently released surveys they hope will help win over public opinion. [More]

Court Allows Utah To Ban Price-Fixing Of Contact Lenses

Court Allows Utah To Ban Price-Fixing Of Contact Lenses

Contact lens companies have been working together to create price floors for their products, prohibiting retailers from offering competitive discounts and removing consumers’ ability to shop around for savings. Legislators in Utah recently passed a bill that would outlaw this practice but in May a federal appeals court temporarily blocked it from being enacted. But on Friday, the court vacated that injunction, allowing the new law to move forward. [More]

Appeals Court Blocks Utah Law That Would Have Banned Price-Fixing On Contact Lenses

Appeals Court Blocks Utah Law That Would Have Banned Price-Fixing On Contact Lenses

In recent years, many of the country’s biggest contact lens manufacturers moved to set minimum sale prices for their products, meaning any retailer wishing to discount these lenses couldn’t go below that price floor. The practice — which would have been illegal until a 2007 Supreme Court ruling — has come under scrutiny from federal lawmakers, and Utah state legislators passed a bill earlier this year that would outlaw this form of price-fixing in the state. However, a federal appeals court has temporarily sided with the lens makers and blocked that law from being enforced. [More]

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Johnson & Johnson Creating An Independent Panel To Review Patient Requests For Unapproved Drugs

What’s a sick person to do when all the drugs on the market haven’t been able to help ease their ailment? Some of the seriously ill turn to medical trials held by drug companies to gain access to experimental drugs, but it’s not always easy to accomplish. A new system from Johnson & Johnson will employ an independent panel to review requests from seriously ill people who want to try an unapproved drug without participating in the actual testing of the drug. [More]

Infant and Children's Tylenol, along with Children's Motrin, were recalled in 2010 because they were found to contain metal particles.

Maker of Infant’s & Children’s Tylenol, Motrin To Pay $25M For Selling Meds With Metal Particles

Nearly five years after McNeil Consumer Healthcare – a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson – began recalling over-the-counter Infant’s and Children’s Tylenol and Children’s Motrin, the company has acknowledged that it knowingly sold the cold medication that contained metal particles and agreed to pay $25 million to resolve the case. [More]

Contact Lens Makers Work Together To Make Sure You Pay More

Contact Lens Makers Work Together To Make Sure You Pay More

As anyone with bad eyesight could probably tell you, having options when it comes to the cost of contact lenses is extremely important. Just ask my fiance, because apparently I have “very expensive eyes.” I’ll take that as a compliment, but the idea that I won’t have the opportunity to find the best priced lenses next time I fill my prescription is a very real possibility, and one that’s already hurting some of the 35 million consumers who wear contacts. [More]

SeaWorld Makes A Big Splash In Worst Company Competition Debut; AT&T, Citi Also Move On

SeaWorld Makes A Big Splash In Worst Company Competition Debut; AT&T, Citi Also Move On

In the nearly decade-long history of Worst Company In America, we’ve noticed that newcomers — especially those who make the bracket because they’re in the news a lot — either flame out in the early rounds (like Lululemon) or take the tournament by storm (like past winners EA and BP). This year’s out-of-nowhere surprise comes courtesy of the folks at SeaWorld, which swam to an easy win in its WCIA debut. [More]

Formaldehyde In Baby Shampoo Isn’t As Scary As It Sounds

Formaldehyde In Baby Shampoo Isn’t As Scary As It Sounds

Recently, Johnson & Johnson reformulated their classic yellow baby shampoo after a consumer outcry over a scary-sounding formaldehyde-based preservative in the product. If it’s not absolutely necessary, there’s no good reason to go slathering a product that contains unnecessary substances on infants. The important question is: should we be worried about formaldehyde in personal-care products at all? [More]

Johnson & Johnson Reformulates Shampoo, Because Babies Don’t Need Formaldehyde In Their Baths

Johnson & Johnson Reformulates Shampoo, Because Babies Don’t Need Formaldehyde In Their Baths

If you asked most folks if formaldeyde sounds like a great ingredient for baby shampoo, they’d say “no.” And possibly also, “ew, gross.” Baby-goods behemoth Johnson & Johnson agrees that formaldehyde is not so much a thing your baby needs, and has rinsed it right out of their iconic yellow shampoo. [More]

Johnson & Johnson To Pay $2.2 Billion To Settle Deceptive Marketing Claims

Johnson & Johnson To Pay $2.2 Billion To Settle Deceptive Marketing Claims

For nearly a decade, various state and federal agencies have been looking into Johnson & Johnson’s marketing of the drugs Risperdal, Invega, Natrecor, and others, claiming the company was putting consumers at risk by paying kickbacks to doctors and pharmacists to suggest these drugs to patients and for pushing unapproved uses for these medications. Today, the Justice Dept. announced that J&J will pay out more than $2.2 billion to settle these claims. [More]

Children Died Because Johnson & Johnson Insisted On Selling Two Types Of Kids’ Tylenol

Children Died Because Johnson & Johnson Insisted On Selling Two Types Of Kids’ Tylenol

At the intersection of bad marketing, inept regulation, and unwitting consumers, you’ll find the graves of young children, just some of the infants who, according to a new report from ProPublica, have become ill over the decades because Johnson & Johnson and other makers of acetaminophen-based painkillers insisted on selling two youth-targeted varieties of the drug while the FDA did what it does best — nothing. [More]

The new Tylenol caps.

Johnson & Johnson Reveals New Acetaminophen Warning Labels On Bottles Of Tylenol

Johnson & Johnson has revealed a new bottle cap design for Tylenol products sold in the U.S. which will warn consumers in bright red lettering that the medication contains acetaminophen. The labels will alert users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much Tylenol, which is an unusual step for a company to make. [More]

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Lawsuit Accuses Big Pharma Of Using Bogus Expiration Dates To Trick Customers Into Buying More Meds

When it comes to over-the-counter pain pills, many people don’t even think to look at the expiration date on the side of the bottle. But a new class-action lawsuit claims that three of the biggest names in the (legal) drug business are deliberately putting early expiration dates on their products to encourage customers to throw them out and buy new ones. [More]

Johnson & Johnson Promises To Kick All Harsh Chemicals To The Curb By End Of 2015

Johnson & Johnson Promises To Kick All Harsh Chemicals To The Curb By End Of 2015

Johnson & Johnson is going forward with plans to take out any of the nasty chemicals consumers have taken issue with recently, by pledging not only to remove “chemicals of concern” from baby products by 2013, but also to reformulate adult products with safer ingredients by the end of 2015. [More]

How I Took On Johnson & Johnson In Small Claims Court, And Won

How I Took On Johnson & Johnson In Small Claims Court, And Won

Desitin, the diaper rash treatment, is not a nice-smelling substance. Joyce’s husband, Ben, could tell that much before using it to treat the aftereffects of some severe gastrointestinal distress. What he didn’t realize was that the unholy stench could not be defeated. It soaked through his clothing, and when he tried to launder those clothes, the smell didn’t go away: it spread to those other items as well. Annoyed at having to toss $600 worth of clothing, the couple contacted Johnson & Johnson, seeking compensation and encouraging the company to do more to deter people who do not currently wear disposable diapers from using the product. After some letters and an offer of $75 passed in the mail, they went to small claims court. And won. [More]

Court Orders Johnson & Johnson To Pay $1.2 Billion In Deceptive Marketing Case

Court Orders Johnson & Johnson To Pay $1.2 Billion In Deceptive Marketing Case

Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary have to pay for the way it marketed antipsychotic drug Risperdal, neglecting to mention its side effects while claiming it was safer and worked better than the competition. In Arkansas, one of 11 states in which J&J has faced legal battles over the drug, a judge ordered the company to pay $1.2 billion to make up for its alleged sins. [More]

Johnson & Johnson Ends 2011 Just At It Began — By Recalling More Stuff

Johnson & Johnson Ends 2011 Just At It Began — By Recalling More Stuff

After more than a year of near-constant recalls, the folks at Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Labs aren’t finished yet. This time, it’s a mere 12 million bottles of Motrin that are being recalled from store shelves because the pills may not dissolve as quickly as they are supposed to. [More]

O.B. Finally Apologizes To America For Tampon Shortage (With A Catch)

O.B. Finally Apologizes To America For Tampon Shortage (With A Catch)

Last week, we told you the folks at o.b. tampons had issued an oddball, tongue-in-cheek apology in the form of a cheeseball ballad, complete with customizable video, for the many months that their products were off store shelves. Only problem was, that apology — and the coupon that came with it — was only available to Canadian shoppers. [More]