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Mistrial called after mesothelioma victim dies

Ilene Brick lived a full life, but at the age of 94 she received a horrific diagnosis: mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of internal organs, like the lungs. The disease is caused by exposure to asbestos, a mineral made up of microscopic fibers found in many building and industrial materials. It can take 10 to 50 years for the disease to develop. Once diagnosed, mesothelioma typically kills within 12 to 24 months. Ilene was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, the most common type of mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs. How could ... Read More

Invokana sales fall after amputation warnings

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in March 2017 that it was requiring Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals to add a boxed warning – the strongest warning required by the FDA – to the labels of its type 2 diabetes medication Invokana regarding an increased risk of amputations in users, some doctors and hospital-affiliated medical groups rushed to take patients off the drug. Amputation is already a risk for diabetics. Why worsen the odds? The FDA Safety Communication informed consumers that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients taking Invokana than ... Read More

Woman fights to revive putative class action against J&J

A woman asked the Third Circuit to revive her putative class action lawsuit against consumer healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson, arguing that she would not have bought the company’s talcum powder if she had known it could put her at risk for developing ovarian cancer. Plaintiff Mona Estrada hasn’t developed cancer, but claims she suffered economic damages because she never received the “benefit of the bargain” when she purchased Johnson’s Baby Powder through the years. Estrada filed the lawsuit in April 2014 against Johnson & Johnson in California federal court, but the case was dismissed in March 2015 because she ... Read More

Trial begins for 22 women who say J&J talc caused ovarian cancer

Twenty-two women who say longtime use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products contributed to their ovarian cancer diagnoses have been given their day in court with both sides giving opening arguments to the jury seated in the St. Louis Circuit Court. The women say that the cosmetic-grade talc used in Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder was contaminated with asbestos, and that Johnson & Johnson was aware of this but failed to warn consumers. Instead, the company persuaded women to sprinkle the powder on their genitals daily for feminine hygiene, per its popular product jingle: “Shower ... Read More

Talc sold to US consumers funds Isis terrorists, report warns

Extremist groups in Afghanistan are pulling in hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits a year from the illegal mining of talc, which ends up in products like baby powder and paint found on store shelves in the United States and Europe. As a result, American and European consumers are unwittingly bankrolling these Islamic State fighters, according to a report by the advocacy group Global Witness. Nearly a half million pounds of talc are mined in areas of eastern Afghanistan where the Taliban and Islamic State are fighting. This talc was exported from Afghanistan over the course of a year, ... Read More

Jury wanted to add cancer warnings to J&J talcum powders

A California jury deliberating whether to punish Johnson & Johnson with more monetary damages on top of $21.7 million in compensatory damages it awarded just a day before asked the court if they could require Johnson & Johnson to put warnings on the product’s label instead. When the court said doing so was beyond the jurors’ ability, they slapped the health care company with an additional $4 million in punitive damages. The trial involved claims that the company’s baby powder contains asbestos and contributed to a woman’s mesothelioma diagnosis. Joanne Anderson, a 68-year-old woman, said her rare and deadly cancer ... Read More

J&J product relaunch will keep talc in baby products

Johnson & Johnson is redesigning its Johnson’s Baby products line to appeal to millennial moms who are more conscious about the ingredients in the products. According to CNBC, three years ago, the consumer health care giant began researching a relaunch of its line of baby products and, after talking to thousands of mothers, realized it needed to consider what it was putting into its products. “What we learned is that they were looking for fewer, simpler ingredients, more naturally derived ingredients in their products,” Trisha Bonner, associate director of research & development at J&J Consumer, told the news agency. “From ... Read More

Lawsuits claim diabetes drug Invokana caused leg amputations

Two men have filed lawsuits in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division in Middlesex County against Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals alleging the company’s type 2 diabetes drug Invokana caused them to have their legs amputated. Robert E. Shook, 60, of Alabama claims that he had to undergo below-knee, left foot and left leg amputations after taking Invokana. Michael A. Wilkinson, 53, of Iowa, alleges he had to undergo right leg and below-knee amputations after using the drug. Both men have since stopped taking Invokana. The lawsuits claim that Janssen failed to warn doctors and patients that ... Read More

Breast implant-associated cancer linked to J&J product

A woman is suing Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Mentor Worldwide LLC alleging the company’s MemoryGel Siltex breast implants caused her to develop a rare form of cancer. Renee Cashen filed the lawsuit in New Jersey state court alleging Mentor failed to properly comply with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s requirements to collect data to track the long-term safety of the implants. She claims her breast implants caused her rare form of cancer, breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a rare form of T-cell lymphoma. She underwent surgery to remove the implants as well as six infected lymph nodes, followed by ... Read More

Puerto Rico sues OxyContin maker for creating opioid crisis in territory

The Justice Department in Puerto Rico has filed a lawsuit blaming opioid maker Purdue Pharma for fueling an opioid epidemic in the U.S. territory by downplaying the risks of abuse and addiction, causing a financial burden to the local government and killing its citizens. Purdue Pharma manufactures the powerful painkiller OxyContin. Puerto Rico’s lawsuit claims that Purdue Pharma’s deceptive marketing techniques led to a boom in opioid sales in the territory. Opioid distribution more than doubled in Puerto Rico from 1999 to 2013, contributing to the 1,661 fatal opioid overdoses reported from January 2007 to March 2016, the lawsuit states. ... Read More