Sunday, 24 March, 2019


Johnson & Johnson 'knew about asbestos in baby powder'

Patty Aguilar | 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.

Now, thanks to a Reuters special report, we know that J&J was lying.

"[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"Plaintiffs"€ attorneys out for personal financial gain are distorting historical documents and intentionally creating confusion in the courtroom and in the media, '€ Ernie Knewitz, J&J's vice president of global media relations said in response to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".

Recommended

loading...
...
  • Camera InSight sent the first

    Camera InSight sent the first "self" Mars

    Mars' Elysium Planitia region (which sits just north of the equator) was picked exactly because of its mostly rock-free terrain. Since landing on Mars on November 26, NASA's InSight lander has been settling in and taking photos.
    Müller Almost Decapitates Ajax Player With Karate Kick Challenge

    Müller Almost Decapitates Ajax Player With Karate Kick Challenge

    Keeping his eyes on the ball, he tried to control a high ball but instead planted his studs into the head of Nicolas Tagliafico. Bayern topped Group E with the victory, although Ajax would have overtaken them if they had held on to their 2-1 lead.
    All Black Ben Smith Makes Official Announcement On His Future

    All Black Ben Smith Makes Official Announcement On His Future

    In late 2017, as he looked towards knocking England off their Six Nations perch, Joe Schmidt was contacted by New Zealand Rugby. He says while the last 16 years have been a privilege, he looking forward to the next 12 months ahead of him and the team.
  • Yankees furious with ESPN over report about contaminated food

    Yankees furious with ESPN over report about contaminated food

    Among Chicago's venues, Soldier Field fared the worst, ranking 91st with 59.2 percent of high-level violations per inspection. CBS 11 emailed and called Legends Hospitality which provides food service at AT&T Stadium but we have not heard back.
    Facebook offices evacuated after bomb threat

    Facebook offices evacuated after bomb threat

    In April, a lady opened shoot at its base camp in San Francisco , injuring three individuals previously she shot herself dead. The bomb squad swept the targeted building with explosive-detecting dogs but turned up no suspicious packages or devices.
    Chelsea condemn alleged anti-Semitic chanting against Vidi

    Chelsea condemn alleged anti-Semitic chanting against Vidi

    Sarri also said that fringe players Victor Moses and Gary Cahill were left out of the last game due to injury. If he has an offer of three years, he can of course choose something [a transfer away from Chelsea].
  • Liverpool boss Klopp hopeful over injury knocks

    Liverpool boss Klopp hopeful over injury knocks

    According to Sky Sports , Matip suffered a broken collarbone injury during the clash with Napoli , and will require surgery to fix it.
    Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) could miss game vs. Rams

    Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) could miss game vs. Rams

    He said: "Sometimes he just gets a little sore, a little tight, so we're just going to rest him today and evaluate him further". Wentz experienced a season-ending ACL and LCL tear in his left knee in a game against the Rams one year ago this past Monday.
    Trump denies that few want chief of staff job

    Trump denies that few want chief of staff job

    Mark Meadows (R-NC) has been one of the few people openly vying for the job, though it's not clear how serious this proposition is.
  • Pentagon: Offensive against Kurds in Syria 'unacceptable'

    Pentagon: Offensive against Kurds in Syria 'unacceptable'

    The YPG is the main group within the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which now controls more than a quarter of Syria's territory. The first offensive dubbed "Euphrates Shield" began in August 2016 to stop the advance of Kurdish militia forces.
    Apple to Resolve Qualcomm's Patent Dispute Through a Software Update in China

    Apple to Resolve Qualcomm's Patent Dispute Through a Software Update in China

    As a result, Apple announced a few hours ago that it will launch a software update to resolve any possible patent infringement. Apple is claiming that iOS 12 does not infringe on either of the two patents at the core of the latest dispute with Qualcomm.
    Trump Inauguration Committee Under Criminal Probe

    Trump Inauguration Committee Under Criminal Probe

    Attorneys offices in the Southern District of NY in Manhattan and the Eastern District of NY in Brooklyn. Federal prosecutors have reportedly spoken with Gates about the committee's spending and donors.

The Pope fired a cardinal accused of pedophilia The Pope fired a cardinal accused of pedophilia The pope did not renew three of his closest nine cardinal councilors (C-9), but the Vatican has not explained the reasons. He has health problems which prevent him undertaking long-haul flying and he has not been attending C9 meetings.

Welcome MediaTek Helio P90, Google Lens, ARCore Support MediaTek officials claim that this chipset is an AI processing booster with ultra-fast performance and energy consumption. The mobile chipset supports 2-channel 1866 MHz LPDDR4x RAM (up to 8GB) and 21:9 Full HD+ (1080 x 2520 pixels) displays.

Sondra Locke, actor and former partner of Clint Eastwood, dies at 74 Sondra Locke, actor and former partner of Clint Eastwood, dies at 74 The cause was cardiac arrest caused by brain and bone cancer, according to The Associated Press , which cited a death certificate. She is survived by her husband Gordon Anderson. "I don't have to worry about working", she said after the settlement was made.

Blair says United Kingdom must prepare for a second Brexit referendum Blair says United Kingdom  must prepare for a second Brexit referendum May was due to meet EU President Donald Tusk for what he called "last-minute talks" before joining the other European leaders. MORE: Who were Google's most-searched for people of 2018? I think that will be very sobering for the prime minister.

Lakers interested in Magic’s Terrence Ross, Heat’s Wayne Ellington Lakers interested in Magic’s Terrence Ross, Heat’s Wayne Ellington Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross and Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington have drawn interest from the Lakers, according to Deveney . Per source, the Lakers are mulling around the idea of giving up Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a future first-round pick.

Migrant girl, 7, dies after arrest crossing border into US Migrant girl, 7, dies after arrest crossing border into US They were part of a group of 163 people who surrendered to CBP agents in New Mexico after crossing a remote stretch of desert. In Tucson, an ongoing lawsuit claims holding cells are filthy, extremely cold and lacking basic necessities such as blankets.

No deal in climate change talks would be 'suicidal — UN's Guterres No deal in climate change talks would be 'suicidal — UN's Guterres Negotiators from nearly 200 countries are making a last-minute effort to resolve differences on the rules that will govern the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Regal wedding for corporate scions Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal Regal wedding for corporate scions Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal Anand Piramal also colour-coordinated with Isha Ambani and wore and off-white sherwani. The Wednesday wedding saw the union of two Indian billionaire industrialist families.

You Probably Haven't Heard of Many of Netflix's Most-Binged Series You Probably Haven't Heard of Many of Netflix's Most-Binged Series RIP any chance of Vincent D'Onofrio finally getting awards recognition for his Wilson Fisk. Again, that's if Disney opts to bring these characters back into the fold.

Gaming firm settles VR lawsuit with Facebook-owned Oculus Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit; the appeal was pending when ZeniMax reached the settlement with Facebook. More correctly, ZeniMax, Bethesda's parent company, has finally settled a lawsuit between Facebook and Oculus.

Rep. Seth Moulton finally backs Pelosi speakership Rep. Seth Moulton finally backs Pelosi speakership She has already been nominated but will need to win a majority of House votes, around 218, to secure the speakership. Both told Politico they oppose term limits. "Pelosi rebels? No such thing". "Land the plane.

Netflix's Taylor Swift Concert Documentary Trailer: Are You Ready for It? Netflix's Taylor Swift Concert Documentary Trailer: Are You Ready for It? The revelation came days after an obsessed stalker of Swift's was jailed for breaking into the star's New York City townhouse. Facial recognition technology is popping up around the world in shopping centres, airports and stadiums including in Britain.

Bolton unveils plan to counter Russian Federation and China influence Bolton unveils plan to counter Russian Federation  and China influence Now that China actually turns Africa into the fastest-growing continent, the USA basically feels like they need to do a catch-up. The U.S.is developing a new initiative called "Prosper Africa" to expand U.S. economic interests and investment in Africa.

Armoured truck spills money on highway, motorists rush to pick up bills Armoured truck spills money on highway, motorists rush to pick up bills Betsy Richards tells northjersey.com she could see a man in a uniform running through traffic trying to collect the money. It started about about 8:30, when, police said, they received a report of an armored vehicle spilling cash on the road.

Princess Charlotte borrows Prince George's cardigan for family Christmas card Princess Charlotte borrows Prince George's cardigan for family Christmas card The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have officially released their Christmas photos this morning. The reveal of the Cambridges' Christmas card was followed by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealing their own festive card.