Friday, July 3, 2020
Home Law For decades, Johnson and Johnson was aware of toxic asbestos content in its baby...

For decades, Johnson and Johnson was aware of toxic asbestos content in its baby powder: Report

The company was compelled to share internal documents after about 11,700 lawsuits were filed against it, many by women who have been battling ovarian cancer.

Also Read

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

In a report published by the Reuters on Friday, it is claimed that the US-based pharmaceuticals giant Johnson and Johnson was aware for decades that its baby powder contained asbestos. According to an investigation conducted by Reuters and an examination of documents, deposition and trial testimony shows that “from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders have tested positive for small amounts of asbestos and the company’s executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors, had actively discussed the issue it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public.”

The report also claimed that the company had paid for studies conducted on its Baby Powder franchise and hired a ghostwriter to redraft the article that presented the findings in a journal.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-ArIv3IVlE]

The company has been facing multiple lawsuits filed by almost 11,700 plaintiffs, many of whom are women who have been battling rare forms of lung or ovarian cancer due to the asbestos they have been exposed to from years of using the talcum powder, said the report.

Johnson and Johnson had initially declined to share company documents with the plaintiffs, but as the lawsuits began piling up, it was compelled to share thousands of pages of company memos, reports and internal documents, the Reuters report claimed.

In the month of July, in the first case against the company involving the asbestos issue, a fine of $4.7 billion was imposed on it in total damages to 22 women who had claimed that asbestos in Johnson and Johnson powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. A drop of 8.3% was recorded in the company’s shares after the Reuters report came out, A fall that is believed to have wiped out USD 30 billion from the company’s market value. A similar downfall in the shares of the company was also observed in February when the asbestos concerns were raised.

Denying the claims made in the Reuters report the company said that “any suggestion that Johnson & Johnson knew or hid information about the safety of talc is false.”A statement issued by J&J Vice President Ernie Knewitz said, “This is all a calculated attempt to distract from the fact that thousands of independent tests prove our talc does not contain asbestos or cause cancer”.

Johnson and Johnson is facing a lawsuit in India for selling faulty hip implants which affected the lives of 14,525 patients in India. The company had already withdrawn the product from other countries on complaints.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Trending now

Kolkata’s Telegraph reports satirical tweet as real to show Modi govt banning TikTok in poor light

In a bid to prove that Central government ban on Chinese apps like TikTok was a bad decision, Kolkata based leftist portal 'The Telegraph' today reported a satirical tweet as real.

Here is why and how the Supreme Court got convinced to modify its earlier order and allow Rath Yatra to be conducted in Puri

What transpired before the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the Rath Yatra matter on 22.06.2020 that convinced the Court to modify its earlier order dated 18.06.2020 and allow the annual Rath Yatra to be conducted at Puri?

The Indian Federation of Working Journalists seeks probe into finances of PTI, accuses it of being mouthpiece of Congress

IFWJ urged the govt of India to undertake a judicial inquiry, accusing the PTI management of misappropriation the Govt funds

Pakistan fears new virus spread due to human-animal contact during Bakra Eid, India was infected earlier too

The NIH advisory further states that livestocks should always be examined for ticks and animal herders and sellers should take adequate precautions while examining and treating ticks on the body of animals.

Sopore: Liberal Indian media crosses frightening line

After the Sopore attack, the Indian liberal media moved from being hostile towards Modi sarkar to openly siding with Pakistani propaganda.

Ladakh standoff: India Inc steps up for India, industrialists rise to the occasion to move forward on path of self-reliance

Industrialists like Anand Mahindra, Parth Jindal have come forward and taken a vow to help take India further on the path of self-reliance.

Recently Popular

Fact-check: Was Wikipedia updated with time of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death even before he had died

Various social media users have come up with conspiracy theories surrounding Sushant Singh Rajput's death.

Dubai: Chimera on a spiral towards its death

So are we going to see death of Dubai in 2020, is this the end of it. The answer is no, while the above factors are going to impact Dubai, some of these take a longer-term to play out.

Swara Bhasker starrer web series gets record low ratings, leftist elites claim it is because she opposes BJP, not because it is bad

Swara Bhaskar starrer 'Rasbhari' streaming on Amazon Prime has got record low ratings on IMDb.

Kolkata’s Telegraph reports satirical tweet as real to show Modi govt banning TikTok in poor light

In a bid to prove that Central government ban on Chinese apps like TikTok was a bad decision, Kolkata based leftist portal 'The Telegraph' today reported a satirical tweet as real.

China wrote to Doordarshan protesting Taiwan coverage, DD aired programs on Tibet too

In January this year, the public broadcaster Doordarshan aired a special broadcast on reelection of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen which upset China.

Nandi idol desecrated in Rajkot for “sensational” TikTok video, two people arrested

Police arrest Jayesh Chudasma and Dinesh Mahida for kicking a Nandi idol in Rajkot to make a sensational TikTok video

After senior lawyers refuse to defend TikTok in SC, the company says they have no plan to pursue legal action against Indian govt

TikTok denies media reports they will approach Supreme Court challenging Indian govt's decision to ban them

Sopore attack: Amnesty India preaches laws while blatantly violating the same laws to suit their agenda

Amnesty India has been regularly disclosing identities and photographs of minors, but objects when Kashmir Police did so

Alt News fails to spot a joke about Apache helicopters over Pangong Tso lake, fact-checks it

Alt News fact checks satirical tweet by aviation writer Mihir Shah where he had mocked false claims made by several people on social media

Home Ministry seeks opinions of central armed police forces on incorporating ‘transgender’ as third gender for recruiting officers

If the CAPF authorities agree, this years UPSC exam for Assistant Commander will include transgender as third gender

Sambit Patra holds a mirror to anti-nationals by his Pulitzer tweet, left-liberals expose their hypocrisy by slamming him

Left-liberals, who always use imaged of Children in distress, slammed Sambit Patra for sharing of kid with grandfather killed by terrorists

“Younis Khan had held a knife to my throat for offering batting advice”, reveals Pakistan cricket team’s former batting coach Grant Flower

Younis Khan once attacked Pakistan’s former batting coach Grant Flower for offering him batting advice during a match

Complaint registered against Hindustan Times reporter Srishti Jaswal for her Hinduphobic tweet against Lord Krishna

Complaint filed against journalist Srishti Jaswal for saing that Lord Krishna was womanizer, fuckboi, and commitment phobic maniac

Kolkata’s Telegraph reports satirical tweet as real to show Modi govt banning TikTok in poor light

In a bid to prove that Central government ban on Chinese apps like TikTok was a bad decision, Kolkata based leftist portal 'The Telegraph' today reported a satirical tweet as real.

Taiwan opens office to help people fleeing Hong Kong after China implemented the new National Security Law

Since pro-democracy protests began in the city last year, about 200 people have already fled to Taiwan. Officials in Taiwan are now expecting more asylum seekers after China's National Security Law was implemented this week.

China supplying funds, missiles and other sophisticated weaponry to terrorist group Arakan Army to weaken India and Myanmar: Report

China wants to expand its area of influence towards the India-Myanmar border by arming Myanmar terrorists with missiles

Connect with us

234,260FansLike
396,234FollowersFollow
267,000SubscribersSubscribe