J&J skips wound care

Friday, October 31, 2003

BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Johnson & Johnson, whose Band-Aid product is as general as general wound care can get, is phasing out the production and marketing of selected general wound care lines. The Band-Aid will not be among them.

But, through the rest of this year, J&J will stop making eye pads, sponges, gauze, pads, tapes and cleaners, the company stated in a letter to distributors. J&J will continue to build on its advanced wound care products.

Wound care providers, who typically buy supplies through industry distributors such as Invacare Supply Group, Kendall and Medline, are not likely to scramble much for new suppliers since J&J’s general wound care lines are retail-oriented and thus more expensive.

“We do select J&J products at special request,” said Daryl Bowman, owner of Bowman Medical in San Carlos, Calif. “Some nursing agencies still request a J&J product, but they pay premium for it.”