Friday, March 18, 2005

Johnson & Johnson in trouble with FDA over Baby Oil

Johnson & Johnson, the multinational healthcare and consumer products brand with a strong presence in India, has run into troubled waters because of its baby oil product, Johnson’s Baby Oil, as there have been no clinical trials to brand the product as a special baby product. The Maharashtra Food & Drug Administration, the apex body for food and drug products in the state, has served a notice on Johnson & Johnson for the same. The FDA may take legal action after 15 days if Johnson & Johnson doesn't take any corrective steps. Officials at Johnson & Johnson India confirmed that the company had received a communication from the FDA and that they are examinig the same to formulate the defence Johnson’s Baby Oil is a leading brand in the baby care segment of its business. The baby care market in India is estimated to be over Rs 200 crore. Johnson & Johnson is the market leader, with a share of almost 75%.