Lynn Walther, is the man who blew the whistle after being hired by the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson to secretly buy up all the defective Motrin he could get his hands on.
In June 2009, disturbed by the instructions he'd been given by J&J, Walther faxed those instructions to pharmaceutical regulators. He didn't hear back, but his deed launched a national investigation.
It turns out that J&J found out at the end of 2008 that the Motrin capsules sold in 8-packs had been screwed up — they didn't dissolve properly and were therefore pretty much worthless for relieving pain. They allegedly told regulators this wouldn't hurt anyone, but that it could lead to a worsening of pain and inflammation. And sure, they launched a recall — a year later, and only after feeling the heat from regulators.
And now they're being taken to court for about 800 violations, which could add up to more than $200 million in fines.
I guess they weren't thinking about that back when they launched their grand plan. Apparently, company officials sent around emails patting everyone on the back, proclaiming their sneaky actions a "major win."
The "great Motrin caper" for which J&J is being sued now took place in 2009. But, earlier this year, they're dealing with more problems with their products. Citing bad cleaning procedures at one of their plants, they've recently recalled almost 50 million packages of over-the-counter drugs. This is on top of the 200 million recalled in the past year.
So, I guess this year isn't shaping up to be any better than the last couple for them.
You might be able to find their products on nearly every shelf in supermarkets, but do you still trust this so-called "family company"?
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Q: At 86 years old, my mother has become more forgetful and doesn't seem interested in her favourite hobbies of reading and sewing. She seems depressed, but when I ask her about it, she says she's fine. She let me take her to a neurologist who says she's just showing signs of getting older.
Still, I want to do something. Mum takes a multi-vitamin each day and some memory supplements, but they don't seem to be enough. What else can we do?
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright: Your mother's situation isn't at all unusual, but it doesn't necessarily need to stay that way. One of the simplest, safest, and least expensive things to try would be twice-weekly injections of vitamin B12, folic acid, and B-complex. Very frequently, several weeks of these injections will make a noticeable difference in energy, low- grade depression, and even memory.
Particularly when people age, the foods they eat, as well as vitamin-mineral tablets (a minor point: switch to capsules), don't break down and absorb as well, often because of declining digestive capability. Giving some of these nutrients by injection can do the job when swallowing them doesn't.
If the injections are effective or even partially effective, it's a good idea to have several tests done, starting with a "fasting plasma essential amino acid" determination. (Essential amino acids must be digested from our diets, as our bodies can't make them.) In individuals over 80 who respond to B-vitamin injections, the essential amino acid test finds low levels of essential amino acids in an overwhelmingly large majority. Since these essential amino acids are transformed into both body proteins and neurotransmitters, supplementing them can improve strength, depression, and memory.
It's also important to check for minerals, and do tests for digestive efficiency (stomach acid test, stool test for digestion).
Since the B-vitamin injections (even though extremely safe) require prescriptions, and since the above suggestions are a lot to handle on your own, contact a doctor skilled and knowledgeable in nutritional therapies who can help you and your mother put together a programme you can both follow easily. Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone's personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own doctor before acting on any recommendations contained herein. Wishing you the best of health,
Andrew Miller UK Editor Nutrition and Healing
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