The Supreme Court is leaving in place a $2 billion verdict in favor of women who claim they developed ovarian cancer from using Johnson & Johnson talc products

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One of the most disturbing parts of this article is that the powder is no longer sold in Canada and the US but is still being sold by J&J “elsewhere.” Probably in poorer countries. Fked up

Object_Minute

Before anybody says that this is overly punitive or might kill the company. J&J had an annual revenue of almost $100 Billion in 2019, with a realized profit of $15 Billion… this is a “cost of doing business” amount for them.

code_archeologist

Powdered gloves are one of the few devices banned by the FDA

BoltTusk

My mom passed from ovarian cancer in 2004. I wonder if this is what caused it; I’m fairly certain we had this product in our cabinets when I was a kid

muddyalcapones

Good for them – my only problem with this case is that Johnson and Johnson is the only one getting publicly crucified for this when Imerys (you know…the company that sold the talc to J&J) never gets mentioned. Both of them are at fault, Imerys should never have sold it to J&J as they did a shit job refining it, and then when J&J found out they should have switched suppliers and made public recall notices. Edit: I’m going to add an edit because as coincidental as it is, I started a trial today against Imerys’ talc, albeit in the paper industry. Talc is used in every fucking thing by the way, I’m trying to replace it with a dispersant/detackifier in paper mills as pitch control. Talc is used to agglomerate around pitch particles so it isn’t black and sticky and deposit into the sheet. It’s also used in things like gum, you open that silver wrapper and the inside of it is really smooth and slightly dusty? That’s talc to stop the gum from sticking to the paper. As a chemical vendor I think it’s up to the chemical supplier to maintain quality control of what they are selling. I sell to paper mills that require their products to be fda/ german bfr / china gb9685 / kosher / etc compliant. When we trial a new product we send their lab a 1 liter sample and they run a bunch of tests including heavy metal analysis. The results of those tests are what we are approved to bring on site. I can’t send them high quality product to test and then sell them contaminated or old expired chemical, that’s not the agreement. Talc is just naturally occurring magnesium silicate that’s mined from the ground and occurs in areas where asbestos is present. It needs to be purified after mining, obviously this company didn’t do a good job but it’s also likely 99% of their product was usually good and 1% was contaminated but 1% going to a country of 330 million people still exposes a lot of people. The mill I work at goes through about 20,000 lbs of talc a day and it arrives from Imerys in 2500 lb bags called super sacs. It is completely unfeasible for the mill to open up and sample every bag running a laboratory analysis that could take days before using. It’s up to the supply company to test every batch before it’s sent out.

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