Johnson & Johnson Hid Findings of Asbestos in its Talcum Baby Powder for Four Decades, New Wave of Mesothelioma Claims May Be on the HorizonJanuary 22, 2019
As Johnson & Johnson (J&J) fights talcum powder lawsuits in court, new evidence continues to come to light about what J&J knew and how the company knowingly hid the risks and dangers of its talcum (talc) powder from regulators and the public.
Some of the more shocking findings to date include evidence indicating that:
- J&J has been aware of the presence of asbestos in its talc powder since as early as the 1970s.
- Some tests by third-party labs found “rather high” levels of asbestos in J&J’s talcum baby powder.
- Key, high-level staff at J&J discussed how to address these findings in light of the company’s failures to report them to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Although J&J continues to dispute the above allegations, the science and decades-old evidence may continue to prove the company wrong in court. What may be even more worrisome for J&J, however, is the possibility that it could face an entirely new wave of mesothelioma lawsuits over the presence of asbestos in its baby powder.
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Dangers of Asbestos & Talcum Powder
Asbestos is a known carcinogen that can cause various types of cancer, depending on how someone comes into contact with asbestos fibers. The World Health Organization (WHO) has noted that all six types of asbestos are cancer causing and that:
About 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at the workplace. Approximately half of the deaths from occupational cancer are estimated to be caused by asbestos.
Like asbestos, talcum powder has been found to be risky, with findings from the early 1970s reporting the presence of talc particles in ovarian and cervical tissue samples collected from women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In fact, this study reported that nearly 75 percent of the tissue samples collected and analyzed by these researchers contained talc particles.
While this was the first time a credible study had found evidence suggesting a potential link between talc powder and ovarian cancer, many case-controlled studies since then have seemed to affirm this link.
Could Mesothelioma Claims Be on the Horizon for J&J?
Considering strong evidence of J&J’s talc powder containing asbestos, experts are now investigating whether those who have inhaled contaminated baby powder may have developed mesothelioma as a result. Those who may be impacted could include anyone from J&J’s own workers to people who regularly use baby powder, like barbers, nurses, and consumers in general.
Interestingly, a couple of other companies that make talcum powder products have already been held liable for cases of mesothelioma allegedly resulting from the use of their asbestos-contaminated products:
- Whittaker, Clark & Daniels was ordered by a Los Angeles jury to pay $5.4 million due to man who reportedly developed mesothelioma after using the company’s baby powder in his dad’s barbershops for years.
- Colgate-Palmolive was ordered to $13 million to a woman who developed mesothelioma after she was exposed to the company’s talc powder, 20 percent of which is alleged to have contained asbestos fibers.
The Amaro Law Firm is currently investigating whether if J&J’s baby powder has contributed to cases of mesothelioma. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, lung cancer, or mesothelioma after exposure to J&J talcum powder, don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more about your legal options for recovery and justice.
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