Monday, August 27, 2007

Johnson & Johnson Company hires lobbyist to influence lawmakers

Johnson & Johnson paid Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLC $120,000 in the first half of 2007 to lobby the federal government.............The firm lobbied on issues related to patent reform, physician payments, Medicare issues and HIV/AIDS policy, according to the form posted online Aug. 13 by the Senate's public records office..........Besides Congress, the firm lobbied the Health and Human Services Department.

The bigger unreported story however, is that Johnson & Johnson's partner foundation the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has nationally funded local lobbyists to the tune of $200 million + in order to enact smoking bans to bolster sales of pharmaceutical nicotine products such as Nicoderm and Nicoderm CQ, both manufatured by Johnson & Johnson Company's subsidiary ALZA.

RWJF and Johnson & Johnson Company's rent seeking efforts however have a very real, if unintended, consequence.

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