Lawrence Foster, J&J Exec During Tylenol Poisonings, Dies At 88

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Lawrence Foster, a former Johnson & Johnson executive who helped steer the health care giant through the Tylenol poisonings in the early 1980s, has died at the age of 88.

Family members said Mr. Foster died Thursday at his Westfield home after a brief illness. His death was announced Sunday.

A former journalist and editor with the Newark Evening News, Mr. Foster was New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson’s vice president of public relations when the Tylenol poisonings occurred.

Mr. Foster helped devise the strategy the company used to keep the public informed. That strategy involved opening the doors of Johnson & Johnson to the news media, and kept James Burke, then the chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson, in front of the news cameras at all times, according to a Star-Ledger report.

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