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Johnson & Johnson is an American multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturer founded in 1886.

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Petitioning President Joe Biden, Admiral Brett Giroir, Moderna , Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Alex Gorsky, Albert Bourla, Stéphane Bancel, Vice President Harris, Emmanual Macron, Boris Johnson, Anth...

Suspend Patent Rights on COVID-19 Vaccines so we can end this Pandemic

We all know the toll COVID-19 has taken. The millions of lost lives, the lost livelihoods, the illness, the isolation, the educational loss for kids, and direct impacts on our way of life. We all know what an amazing feat it was that as of February, several vaccines were on the market that could beat this virus. However, getting people vaccinated has been a disaster. However, getting people vaccinated has been a disaster. Globally, we've given out approximately over 1.15 billion doses of the vaccine and about 3.5% of the world is fully vaccinated. One of the major reasons for this is we simply aren't producing enough of the vaccines. More worrying are new strains of the virus. As the virus continues to spread, it'll have more opportunities to mutate which will increase the chances that our newly developed vaccines will be less effective.  It is a national shame that the United States is not doing more to help India​ when life has become an absolute nightmare for millions of people​ during their second outbreak. It doesn't have to be this way. Other drug-makers could take part in the production of the vaccines IF they had the blueprints and especially if the vaccines were classified as generics. However, Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca and the U.S., and many other wealthy countries are preventing this. The drug companies are maintaining intellectual property rights on their vaccines even though they were fully funded and then some by taxpayer money for research and development and initial orders (Moderna received 2.5 billion in government funding). In late October of 2020, South Africa and India petitioned the World Trade Organization (WTO) to suspend some Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights on the vaccines so that they could be produced more freely. This was supported by 100 other WTO members, but unfortunately, the United States and 17 other wealthy countries blocked this effort. This petition calls on the CEOs of Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca to make their vaccines generic and to take any and all steps to assist in the widespread development of their vaccines. It also calls on the U.S. Government to support India and South Africa's proposal to the WTO (IP/C/W/669) to waive parts of Trade-Related Intellectual Property rights (TRIPs) so that the world could more effectively produce the COVID-19 Vaccines. Especially, when these drugs were already developed at the expense of tax-payers, and when considering what is at state for all of us, we need to get our global community vaccinated quickly and put profits aside. If this virus has taught us anything, it's that we're all in this together. And governments and pharmaceutical giants need to heed this lesson. 

Nathaniel Baum
281,462 supporters
Petitioning Ankit Mundra, Johnson & Johnson

Represent All Menstruators in Sanitary Napkin Ads #DiversifyPeriods #NotJustWomen

Not all women menstruate. Not all menstruators are women. "As a 13-year-old, I was made to believe that women and menstruation go hand in hand. As a 30-year-old, I know better." Studies show that transgender men and intersex individuals who are not female, can still menstruate. The assumption that menstrual health is a concern only for women is both socially and scientifically fallacious. I know women who do not menstruate, I know menstruators who are not women.  The UNICEF Guide on Menstrual Health and Hygiene released in March 2019 was created for organisations that develop programmes related to menstrual health and hygiene. The guide encourages the inclusion of non-binary people in menstrual health and hygiene programmes finding that transgender, intersex and non-binary people due to their identity face exclusion, stigma, and violence that prevents them from accessing essential health services. Gender inequality relating to mensuration takes many forms in relation to transgender, non-binary and intersex people. This is both on the basis of sex and gender. A trans man who menstruate may face transphobia and sexism, because of the belief that men do not . Non-binary and inter-sex people may similarly be discriminated against as they may not necessarily ascribe to a particular gender but may still need menstrual hygiene. By treating menstruation as a  “woman thing” we further entrenched transphobia and sexism and exclude a significant number of people from access to basic hygiene and infrastructure. It's 2021! We request Johnson & Johnson to make their advertisements and products more inclusive. Sign my petition to demand #DiversifyPeriods in advertisements and products. #NotJustWomen

Neev Foundation for Legal Aid & Pinkishe
21,652 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, David Cameron MP, Tony Abbott MP, Amber Rudd MP, Support Admin, Boris Johnson, BBC, The British Council, Dr. Ir. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, M.Sc,, Human Rights Campai...

Campaigning to get Lipoedema Treatments and Surgeries completely available on the NHS.

Lipoedema is an incurable disorder where there is enlargement of both legs due to deposits of fat under the skin. Typically it gets worse over time, pain is present, and sufferers bruise very easily. In severe cases the trunk and upper body may be involved. Lipedema is commonly misdiagnosed as many women experiences just being told they are fat and need to diet. When in fact this will not help reduce the Edema that’s present. The cause is unknown but is believed to involve genetics and hormonal factors, including Trauma. It often runs in families. But many women go undiagnosed due to the lack of knowledge in Gp’s and Doctors. Risk factors include being overweight or obese. Other conditions that may present similarly include obesity, lipohypertrophy, chronic venous insufficiency, and lymphedema. Even though this is a chronic and painful condition there is currently no treatment available on the NHS as it’s seen as cosmetic. There are treatments available that could greatly reduce the swelling and pain but as of yet they are only available through the private sector and they cost thousands. One of the main reasons I am partitioning is I am one of the many many people diagnosed with this condition I’m 46 years old and it effects my confidence as a woman every day. There are so many women like me who are desperate to lead a normal quality of life and it feels incredibly unfair that the treatment that could greatly help us is still not available. So I’m asking for everyone’s support to raise awareness and take this partition to the goverment to get this chsnged. 

Emma Wells
10,797 supporters
Petitioning General Mills, Kellogg, Coca-Cola, Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo,, eBay, Walmart, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Walgreens, NIKE, Adidas, Dean Foods, Dole Food, Land O'Lakes, Kroge...

Urge Companies to Ditch Plastic and Find Alternatives

Plastic is the number one trash problem we have been faced with in our generation. It is in our oceans, landfills, lakes, it blows around our land and is being found in almost all living creatures. It is nearly impossible to go shopping and not buy plastic of some sort. It is time for things to change on a corporate level, it is time for companies to start switching over to other alternatives. There is technology that exists that give us alternatives and it is time for these large companies to start utilizing these technologies. In signing this petition you are making a stand to demand that companies find new solutions and stop being part of the problem. You are also stating that you yourself are going to look for alternatives to plastic and try to work toward a solution as well. We are all affected by the over use of plastic in our world. In a study commissioned by data journalism outlet Orb, 83% of tap water samples collected from over a dozen countries on five continents tested positive for microplastic. In a US study they found microplastic in 94% of tap water.  There are about 300 million tons of plastic produced annually. There are studies that are researching the effect on marine life and birds like this one, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. They said "So much plastic trash is flowing into the oceans that 90 percent of seabirds eat it now and virtually every one will be consuming it by 2050." In 1960 plastic was found in only 5% of birds. During this study the plastic found inside birds includes bags, bottle caps, synthetic fibers from clothing, and tiny rice-sized bits that have been broken down by the sun and waves. Tipa is an Israeli company that produce plastic alternative packaging. Nature works a company in Nebraska creates a plastic alternative made from corn. Biome Bioplastics is one of the UK’s leading developers of natural plastics. We are demanding change! Big companies, its time to get on board and ditch the plastic!  

keila theiss
7,351 supporters
Petitioning L'Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever

END Colorism: Stop the production of skin whitening products & toxic messaging.

One of the biggest, glaring issues in India as well as many South Asian countries and countries around the world is colorism. Let's unpack that word--what does it actually mean? It means that fair skin is considered the ideal or "elite". That fair skin is better than darker skin or complexions. This ideology infiltrates every aspect of day to day life in India. It affects class & socioeconomic status, jobs & career, even marriage. We must first understand, accept, & educate ourselves that colorism is a form of racism.  So how do we create change? Every time a company produces a skin whitening product, and every time a celebrity endorses a skin whitening product, together, they are sending the message that people are LESS THAN because they are dark. That they are not enough because of the color of their skin. That they are not seen, valued, or heard. This is racism.  By creating this petition, I ask these companies (Unilever, Procter & Gamble, L'oreal, and Johnson & Johnson) to #SeeMyComplexion. To put an end to creating these whitening creams and toxic messaging. To end colorism and racism. The time is NOW. They know better, they can DO BETTER. If you agree that we must put an end to systemic racism, sign the petition and ask these companies to: Stop manufacturing skin whitening products & racist advertisements. Use their billion dollar revenue from skin whitening products towards creating products that are inclusive & no longer prey on archaic notions of colorism. Spread this message and STOP BUYING SKIN WHITENING PRODUCTS IMMEDIATELY. Buying power is the most effective tool we have that will force companies to listen and create impactful change.  

Nina Davuluri
5,047 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Merck, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson

Get Broad Spectrum Antivirals to Human Trials

I am a chemical and biological engineer who has been following the health crisis unfolding with covid-19 or the novel corona virus which has been spread all over the world from China. Many Americans are shocked that health professionals have so little they can do for patients infected with the corona virus because antibiotics have no affect on the infection because antibiotics only kill bacteria. Doctors do not currently have the tools to treat most viral infections currently, but that is likely the fault of drug companies who have failed to bring products to market. Currently, there are more 30 broad-spectrum antivirals that have been developed [1], and none have been allowed for human trials in the US, at least until now. Last week, human use began of a broad spectrum antiviral called Remdesivir for patients infected with the corona virus who are seriously ill under compassionate use.[2] The only infected patient treated with Remdesivir  drastically improved by the next day and was later released, but this is far from a large enough study to determine either effectiveness of the drug or safety. [3] This is where the problem is. Some antivirals have been around for more than a decade with no major drug companies willing to do the research to bring them to human trials before now out of desperation. Broad spectrum antivirals are essentially the penicillin for viruses. Rather than attacking a specific virus, they take advantage of an inherent characteristic of that virus's life cycle such as transcription of RNA. The develop of this new class of drugs would mean more than just saving mankind from the next pandemic (as if that isn't enough). It would mean cures for viral diseases already devastating the world such as HIV. What I am suggesting to you is the possibility of a world where you could go to your doctor on the same day you contract the common cold and never miss a day of work. (Some people may not appreciate that.) That world is not science fiction anymore if the drugs already developed live up to their hype. With only 1 in 10 of drugs brought to human trials eventually becoming a product [4] it is understandable for a pharmaceutical company to be afraid to venture into a new field of medicine, but the benefits greatly outweigh the cost. We must start to demand that drug companies be more proactive about this. Write emails to pharmaceutical companies. Call your senator to tell him or her to sponsor a bill. Now is the time to prevent the NEXT Pandemic [1] [2] [3] [4],%20Biomedtracker,%20Amplion%202016.pdf

Joseph Blackman
4,192 supporters
Petitioning Johnson & Johnson

Demand Johnson & Johnson add an ovarian cancer warning label to talcum powder products

The Issue More than 40 years ago, scientists identified a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Despite these findings, Johnson & Johnson continues to deny a harrowing fact: the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Specifically advertised for women to apply to their genital region and onto their babies, the company’s family-friendly ads aim to obliterate any accusation that their product is unsafe. In fact, one of their better-known slogans describes the products as “the kindest powder in the world.” The truth, however, is not so kind. Currently, Johnson & Johnson faces more than 11,700 claims that its baby powder causes cancer. Following media reports of internal documents indicating company knowledge of the dangers of their powder, thousands of plaintiffs now accuse J&J of hiding the cancer risk to protect their business. The Data In 1971, The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the British Commonwealth published research that found talcum particles “deeply embedded” in 10 of 13 ovarian tumors. In 1982, the link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer was statistically proven and published as fact in the medical journal, Cancer. Since then, multiple studies have identified a connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The research has emerged from organizations and publications like Obstetrics & Gynecology, The National Toxicology Program, Jersey Journal, American Journal of Epidemiology and Health Canada. Since 1994, the Cancer Prevention Coalition has requested consumer labels warning users about the link between talc and cancer. No warning labels were granted. As recently as this year, Reproductive Sciences published findings of the link between genital use of talcum powder and increased ovarian cancer risk at a molecular level. One of the major issues with the research is whether or not the association is "statistically significant" enough. Johnson & Johnson can try to poke holes in the data, but we believe the facts speak for themselves. Why We Need Your Help According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 20,000 U.S. women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. An estimated 14,000 of them will die from it. Researchers estimate that talcum powder could be the cause of about 10 percent of ovarian cancer cases in the United States. This issue may also potentially impact childrens' health as asbestos has been found in talc-based cosmetics sold at Claire's and Justice as recently as 2017. Unfortunately, gaining federal regulation on talcum powder is no simple task. Since talcum products are classified as cosmetics, they technically aren’t subject to FDA review. The FDA allows the manufacturer to test their products before introducing them to market, making it the manufacturer’s responsibility to properly warn consumers and label products as safe for use. Despite this obstacle, juries have awarded plaintiffs significant settlements in recent years. In July 2018, a group of women was awarded $4.7 billion after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a consequence of the asbestos in Johnson & Johnson's baby powder and other talc products. These legislative victories have generated attention surrounding the risks of talc products, but resolution of the issue will require widespread effort to yield increased transparency from Johnson & Johnson. We fight for adequate warning labels so that consumers may be aware of the health risks they’re exposed to when using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products. Let the consumer decide.  *Editor’s note: Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder product has also been linked to a rare and aggressive cancer called mesothelioma, caused by asbestos contamination. Make Your Voice Heard  Take a stand for all the victims and their loved ones who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer caused by the use of talcum powder. Please join us in demanding that Johnson & Johnson add warning labels to their talcum powder products.   

3,103 supporters