THE WHAT? Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, has refused to attend a congressional hearing on the carcinogens found in the company’s talc-based products, according to a report by Reuters.
THE DETAILS The U.S. congressional hearing is scheduled for next week and will be investigating the safety of the company’s products in relation to a slew of lawsuits bought against J&J regarding asbestos found in formulas.
The House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy stated that Gorsky has declined the invitation to testify despite “repeated attempts to accommodate the company.”
Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi, Chairman of the House panel investigating, said, “Mr. Gorsky refuses to speak to the Subcommittee under oath, yet he has not refrained from making multiple public comments on the topic.”
THE WHY? J&J spokesperson Ernie Knewitz has responded to the accusation stating that Gorsky is “not, as we have repeatedly told the Subcommittee, an expert in the stated subject of the hearing. We have respectfully declined the invitation for our CEO to testify.”
The company has said it instead offered to send a talc testing expert or a J&J executive in charge of consumer products, an offer which was declined.