Johnson And Johnson Kept A Close Watch On Talc Research

In 2019, Johnson & Johnson is facing more than 11,000 lawsuits regarding their iconic baby powder. The litigants claim that lifetime use of the baby powder has led to contracting cancers such as ovarian cancer and the rare lung cancer mesothelioma. Additionally, the litigants claim the reason for the cancer is because the baby powder had been tainted by asbestos, which is linked to cancer. The claims, along with the lawsuits, have prompted an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Reuters reports on a strategy that Johnson & Johnson developed in the 1970s to cover up the fact that their talc miners were getting cancer and lung disease at elevated rates. The approach was summarized in a March 3, 1975 memo to the managers of the baby products division. This is the division that used the talc in their iconic Baby Powder. “Our current posture with respect to the sponsorship of talc safety studies has been to initiate…

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