View Full Version : Johnson&Johnson Sued For Blocking Oral Cancer Screening Kit

08-29-11, 10:00 AM
Randeep Ramesh
27 August 2011

A company that makes an oral cancer detection kit has launched a $60m lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, claiming that the multinational prevented its product from being sold to protect its own Listerine mouthwash, which, along with other mouth rinses, has been linked to mouth cancer.

In a complaint filed in a New Jersey court, Oral Cancer Prevention International says the multinational's executives were "leery of highlighting" the risk of oral cancer if Listerine were to be sold alongside the detection kit, as the OCPI and a division of Johnson & Johnson had previously agreed.

In February last year OCPI signed a contract with OraPharma, then part of Johnson & Johnson, the healthcare product manufacturer, to sell the company's Oral CDx Brush Test. However, almost immediately it allegedly found its product sidelined by the sales team. Johnson & Johnson sold OraPharma to a private equity firm this year.

OCPI alleges that Johnson & Johnson had been worried by a 2008 study in the Australian Dental Journal that concluded that mouthwashes with high alcohol content could cause oral cancer.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/27/johnson-johnson-sued-mouthwash-cancer-fears