Talc is utilized in many beauty merchandise, together with lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, blush and basis. Final 12 months, the Meals and Drug Administration issued a number of alerts warning that asbestos had been present in make-up, together with eye shadow offered at Claire’s, a retailer standard with teenage women.
Talc and asbestos are pure minerals, and their underground deposits develop underneath comparable geological circumstances. Because of this, veins of asbestos could crisscross talc deposits in mines.
Certainly, inside memos unearthed throughout litigation revealed that Johnson & Johnson had been involved about the potential for asbestos contamination in its talc for no less than 50 years. Asbestos was first linked to ovarian most cancers in 1958, and the Worldwide Company for Analysis on Most cancers affirmed it was a explanation for the most cancers in a 2011 report.
As of March, Johnson & Johnson confronted greater than 19,000 lawsuits associated to talc physique powders. Up to now, the authorized document has been combined, with the corporate prevailing in some instances and dropping in others. It’s interesting almost the entire instances it has misplaced.
Late final 12 months, Johnson & Johnson recalled 33,000 bottles of child powder after F.D.A. investigators mentioned they’d found asbestos in a bottle purchased from a web-based retailer. However the firm later mentioned its personal checks exonerated the product.
Johnson & Johnson is keeping off lawsuits on different fronts as nicely, most notably ones associated to opioids. In August 2019, an Oklahoma choose dominated that the corporate had oversold the advantages of the medication whereas taking part in down the dangers, and ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million in damages.
In October, in an unrelated case that concerned the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, a Philadelphia jury ordered the corporate to pay $eight billion to a Maryland man who claimed he had been harmed by utilizing the drug.