Johnson & Johnson 'knew about asbestos in baby powder'
Johnson & Johnson 'knew about asbestos in baby powder'
15 December, 2018, 02:28
The report, which alleged that J&J didn't tell the Food and Drug Administration about at least three tests by three different labs from 1972 to 1975 that found asbestos in its talcum powder, in one case at levels reported as "rather high", according to internal documents from the company.
"[The] examination of numerous documents, as well as deposition and trial testimony, shows that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company's raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public". The cases include thousands of women with ovarian cancer.
The World Health Organisation now recognises no safe level of exposure to asbestos.
Johnson & Johnson successfully defended a lawsuit over asbestos in 1999, but in two cases earlier this year - in New Jersey and California - juries awarded big sums to plaintiffs who blamed asbestos-tainted J&J talc products for their mesothelioma.
Reuters examined internal documents, as well as trial depositions and testimony which they say prove that J&J knew the powder was sometimes tainted with "carcinogenic asbestos" from "at least 1971 to the early 2000s" and that executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers anxious about the issue and how to address it while keeping it hidden from regulators and the public.
It said nearly 12,000 plaintiffs were suing the company, claiming that its talc caused cancer.
The Reuters report noted that most internal J&J asbestos tests did not find asbestos, but said that while the company's testing methods had improved over time, they "have always had limitations that allow trace contaminants to go undetected" and that only a "tiny fraction" of the company's talc is ever tested.
It is being claimed that Johnson & Johnson have known for decades that there was asbestos present in their baby powder products.
"Plaintiffs" attorneys out for personal financial gain are distorting historical documents and intentionally creating confusion in the courtroom and in the media, ' Ernie Knewitz, J&J's vice president of global media relations said in response to Reuters. She sued the company, they claimed it was "asbestos-free", and because the burden of proof was on her, they didn't have to turn over records or results-even after tests revealed that the mesothelioma was consistent with the fibrous asbestos often found in talc. After the verdict, J&J CEO Alex Gorsky addressed the issue, telling analysts on a conference call that the company remains "confident that our products do not contain asbestos and do not cause ovarian cancer".
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