Johnson & Johnson Denies Health Concerns of Talcum Powder
Reports as far back as 1972 have found asbestos contamination in J&J talc products. One report noted the amount of asbestos was “rather high.”
Additionally, a Reuters investigation of internal J&J documents found there was evidence of asbestos in the products. The investigation also found J&J kept the information from regulators and the public.
There has also been controversy over a potential link between J&J’s talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
J&J dismissed these asbestos reports and additional claims. The company maintains its products are safe and asbestos-free.
Ongoing Legal Cases Against Johnson & Johnson
Many of these lawsuits have ended in compensation for claimants. Some of the largest awards to plaintiffs in J&J cases include:
J&J has set aside almost $4 billion for legal costs. The company has also discussed filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy to handle the growing number of legal claims.
In 2019, J&J recalled 33,000 bottles of baby powder due to asbestos. In 2020, it stopped selling talc products in the United States and Canada.
However, there is still a risk of asbestos exposure with products distributed before 2020. Asbestos-related diseases can take decades to present. Anyone with past exposure to J&J talc-based products could develop health problems.
The company still sells its talc-based products internationally, despite calls for a global ban.
What the Lawsuit Might Mean for Impacted Communities
The NCNW says targeting Black women with an unsafe product was especially harmful. Black women have less access to health measures and education. The advocacy group hopes the lawsuit results in better care for Black women.
NCNW’s primary goal is corrective outreach from J&J to the Black community. This includes:
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