Fallout from Johnson & Johnson’s attempts to hide the fact that their body powders contained – not one – but two, potential carcinogens is spreading like its own unrelenting cancer.
J&J Allegedly Knew of Talc and Asbestos Dangers
Marketwatch.com highlighted a December, 2018, Reuters report stating that internal Johnson & Johnson documents offered proof that the company knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder. In just one day, the pharma giant’s stock price fell more than 10% after the report was released.
“The documents showed that, internally, executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers were worried about the problem of its raw talc and finished powders testing positive for the substance. But they denied all claims until they were compelled to share thousands of pages of documents with lawyers, representing some 11,700 plaintiffs who claim the talc gave them cancer, including thousands of women with ovarian cancer, the report found.”
Naturally, Johnson & Johnson rebuked any truth to the report.
Even so, the decline in Johnson & Johnson’s stock shares erased about $40 billion from the company’s market capitalization, as investors feared the impact of the report in the wake of thousands of talc-related lawsuits.
Baby Powder, Talc, Asbestos, and the Facts
It seems that “the family company” has, like many families, a skeleton or two in its medicine closet.
For starters, J&J allegedly lied about their knowledge that talc had the potential to cause cancer. That lie surfaced in 2015 when 30 years of internal corporate documents were released during the trial of an ovarian cancer victim.
Recently, more internal documents have surfaced showing that the company may have also concealed that they knew their powders contained asbestos – a known carcinogen.
Asbestos is a soft mineral mined from the ground. It creates very fine fibers and dust particles that are small, light, odorless, and colorless. These particles remain in the air a long time and can be unknowingly inhaled or ingested. Asbestos was commonly used in many products worldwide throughout most of the 20th century. The U.S. banned its use in the 1970s because of the potential to cause disease, including deadly mesothelioma.
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