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J&J Forced to Pay $4.7 BILLION As Jury Finds They Knowingly Gave Women Cancer with Baby Powder – Free Thought Project
A jury has ordered the pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.7 billion in damages to victims they say were knowingly given cancer by the baby powder products.
Missouri — For the last several years, Johnson & Johnson has been battling multiple lawsuits — many of which they have lost — due to thousands of claims of their baby powder product giving women cancer. On Thursday, a Missouri jury handed down the largest verdict yet, ordering the pharma giant to pay $4.7 billion to victims.
In this latest case, 22 women alleged the company’s talc-based products, including its baby powder, contained the known carcinogen, asbestos, which caused them to develop cancer. According to reports, there are over 9,000 similar talc lawsuits against the company.
Naturally, J&J denies that their product causes cancer and that it contains asbestos. However, a government-funded study from the mid-1990s found that Johnson’s baby powder caused cancer in rats and other studies have found an increased risk of cancer in women who used talc-based products. The potential risks have been known to the company for decades.
What’s more is the fact that talc in its natural form can contain varying amounts of asbestos and other minerals. If it is not properly filtered, the asbestos can make it through to consumer products.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), and whose major goal is to identify causes of cancer, classifies talc as follows:
- IARC classifies talc that contains asbestos as “carcinogenic to humans.”
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