American holding company that heads a group of more than 250 “daughters” around the world, a record fined.
The company Johnson & Johnson the jury in the U.S. ordered to pay 4,69 billion 22 women who claimed they developed cancer due to the use of the products J&J.
The plaintiffs allege that long used baby powder Baby Powder Johnson’s, they got ovarian cancer. This is the largest fine in the history of Johnson & Johnson in connection with allegations that talc can cause cancer.
They claim that talc, which is the main ingredient of the product contained impurities of asbestos, a recognized threat to human health. Корреспондент.net tells details.
What accuse Johnson & Johnson
Jurors in Missouri decided that the company must pay 22 women $ 550 million in compensation and another 4.1 billion in the order of punishment.
Against Johnson & Johnson launched about nine thousand claims with their baby powder.
Last year a jury in Missouri ordered to pay $ 110 million to a woman suffering from cancer.
She also blamed the company that she developed ovarian cancer after decades ispolzovaniya products of Johnson & Johnson feminine care on the basis of talc. However, this verdict was overturned on appeal.
The company said it is deeply saddened by the court’s decision and intends to appeal it.
The trial lasted six weeks. In his testimony, the women and their relatives claimed that they developed cancer after decades used for hygienic purposes, baby powder and other products based on talc.
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According to the lawyer, the company is 40 years concealed, that some of its products on the basis of talc contain impurities of asbestos. At the American society for the fight against cancer in the United States since the 1970s has ceased to sell products for home use containing asbestos.
J&J denied the allegations, and claim that their products do not contain asbestos and can cause cancer.
Scientific study of the relations of talc-cancer
Talc is a mineral from the class of silicates, which are often found near deposits of asbestos.
It should be noted that management under the control over products and medicines of the USA between 2009 and 2010, conducted a study of talc of different companies, including baby powder J&J, and found no traces of asbestos.
In one study participated 200 thousand women, among which 721 was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In another study obkladyvanii 12 thousand women. Scientists in both cases came to the conclusion that a direct link between using talc and cancer is not.
However, in 2014 okunye from Brigham and Women’s Hospital published the results of his research on this topic. It said that frequent use of talcum powder with talcum powder for hygiene of the genital organs at 24 percent increased risk of developing cancer of the ovaries.
The study involved cancer patients 8.5 thousand and ten thousand healthy women.
At Brigham and Women’s Hospital argue that talc particles can penetrate into the genital organs, and remain there for several years. It causes chronic inflammation that in turn provokes the development of cancer.
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However, oncologists don’t think talc is clearly harmful substance.
American society of oncologists said on its website that there is a connection between cancer and talcum powder containing asbestos. However, it is not used in modern cosmetics.
The European Association of manufacturers of talc, as stated in the Mineralogical encyclopedia, the tests confirmed the safety of using talc to health.
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