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Former J&J Executive Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

Article-Former J&J Executive Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

An ex-chief medical officer for Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon Inc. (Somerville, NJ) has filed a lawsuit against the company and alleges he was fired for raising concerns about the safety of some of the company's medical devices. The lawsuit mentions an incident in April when the whistleblower, Joel Lippman, said he raised concerns about an instance in which the tip of an arterial cannula broke off during heart bypass surgery at least once.

The Star Ledger reports that although a quality assurance board recommended a recall, Lippman claims nothing happened. He said another executive at the company wanted to "soften" the board's evaluation in order to justify a smaller recall. In May, Lippman was asked to resign for reasons not mentioned in the suit. Another device Lippman raised flags about was the contraceptive skin patch, Ortho Evra. The patch has triggered more than 1,000 product liability suits that allege the device causes a higher risk of blood clots and strokes. J&J said that Lippman's claims are false.

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