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Using Bioethics to Support Healthcare Innovation for Patients

ioethics is a discipline that takes the principles of ethics and applies them to biological research, science and medicine. Using a bioethical lens to support decision-making around complicated issues can help translate science and research into balanced outcomes that advance health for everyone. It can also inform ethical and just applications of new science, technological and therapeutic breakthroughs.

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Bioethics can guide us on critical questions that we encounter in our work, such as how we should design clinical studies, how and when we should share our research findings, or how we can make medicines available to people who need them.

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Helping Our Teams Make Informed Decisions

Johnson & Johnson is committed to ensuring that our employees have the resources to help them address difficult and complex bioethical questions that may arise during their day-to-day work.

To this end, Johnson & Johnson’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO) oversees our internal bioethics education program and also sponsors our global Johnson & Johnson Bioethics Committee (JJBC). The JJBC is responsible for advocating adherence to bioethical principles, providing an expert forum for teams to obtain guidance on bioethical issues, and for championing our commitment to ethical decision-making across Johnson & Johnson.

How We Apply Bioethics in Our Work

These are some of the ways we apply bioethics in our work. We also share our learnings and collaborate with like-minded partners to advance bioethical standards across the healthcare industry.

A Strong Foundation to Guide Our Approach

Johnson & Johnson’s bioethics approach is guided by the fundamental principles of bioethics and Our Credo, which challenges us to put the needs and well-being of the people we serve first.

It’s also informed by our Position on Bioethics and our Ethical Code for the Conduct of Research and Development, which complement our Credo by providing more specific standards of conduct and behavior for physicians, clinical research scientists and others who are responsible for medical aspects of research and development.

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