Report: J&J company knew about asbestos in baby powder for decades


Johnson & Johnson tumbled by greater than 6 percent Friday after Reuters reported that the business recognized its talcum powder consisted of asbestos for decades.

Reuters examined papers as well as deposition and also trial testimony the information electrical outlet claimed revealed from 1971 to the very early 2000s, J&J business executives, mine medical professionals, legal representatives and also supervisors understood the company’s raw talc, as well as finished powders, occasionally checked favorable for small amounts of asbestos. Those involved went over the trouble yet they did not divulge it to regulatory authorities or the general public, Reuters’ assessment found.

” Complainants’ attorneys out for individual monetary gain are misshaping historical files and deliberately developing confusion in the courtroom and in the media,” Ernie Knewitz, J&J’s vice head of state of worldwide media connections, told Reuters in an e-mail. “This is all a calculated effort to distract from the truth that thousands of independent tests prove our talc does not contain asbestos or cause cancer cells. Any kind of pointer that Johnson & Johnson hid or recognized information about the security of talc is false.”

J&J referred Reuters to its outdoors lawyers, who denied Reuters’ findings as “misleading and false.”

“The clinical agreement is that the talc used in talc-based body powders does not create cancer cells, regardless of what remains in that talc,” Peter Bicks informed Reuters in an e-mail. “This holds true also if– as well as it does not– Johnson & Johnson’s cosmetic talc had actually ever included min, undetected quantities of asbestos.” He rejected the tests cited in Reuter’s post as “outlier” results, Reuters said.

The firm has faced a wave of lawsuits alleging its talc baby powder items have asbestos and triggered ovarian as well as other cancers. Some courts have actually sided with J&J as well as others have been not able to reach judgments. A Missouri jury in July ordered J&J to pay $4.9 billion in an instance involving 22 ladies and their households. A court verified the judgment in August and also J&J swore to appeal it.

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