Highlighting the Johnson & Johnson case for the sake of readers further afield

16 May

In the last three countries noted on our visitor list last week, news about the Johnson & Johnson case – though prominently featured in Western countries – was not seen in an online search, except for just one report on ‘Aztelevision’.

J&J and talc supplier Imerys Talc have been ordered to pay $110 million to a resident of Virginia who is currently undergoing chemotherapy after her ovarian cancer initially diagnosed in 2012 returned and spread to her liver. She claimed that she developed ovarian cancer after four decades of using the company’s talc-based products. The jury said the company did not adequately warn consumers of the cancer risks of such products, including Johnson’s Baby Powder.

Reuters reports that the verdict in state court in St. Louis was the largest so far to arise out of about 2,400 lawsuits accusing J&J of not adequately warning consumers about the cancer risks of talc-based products including its well-known Johnson’s Baby Powder.

The jury awarded $5.4 million in compensatory damages and said J&J was 99% at fault while Imerys was just 1%. It awarded punitive damages of $105 million against J&J and $50,000 against Imerys. Details of claims made by other people may be seen in Reuter’s report.

During searches on this topic, it was found that the ‘No More Tears’ Shampoo and 100 other baby products sold by Johnson & Johnson had once contained two potentially harmful chemicals, formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane. In 2011, the US National Toxicology Program described formaldehyde as “known to be a human carcinogen

In response to consumer pressure two years ago, the company pledged to remove both chemicals from its baby products and has done so.

 

 

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