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J&J Directors Find Root Causes But Little Blame For OTC Quality Issues

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

A report by a Johnson & Johnson special committee finds organizational and middle management changes at the firm were the root causes of manufacturing and quality control lapses in the OTC drug business.

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