A Mentally Challenged Plaintiff Has Suffered Terribly From Using Johnson's Baby Powder
Another trial is currently underway claiming that Johnson's Baby Powder causes cancer featuring a very unique plaintiff
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 36-year old Gail Koretoff, a mentally disabled woman, is suing Johnson & Johnson claiming that inhaling Johnson's Baby Powder fumes daily for the better part of her life caused her to develop mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs. Anneillia Koretoff, the plaintiff's mother, will testify that she began using Johnson's Baby Powder several times a day from the day of Gail's birth after each and every diaper change and also after bathing the infant. The plaintiff's attorneys claim that Johnson and Johnson hid what they knew about their talcum powder containing trace amounts of asbestos, a well-known and deadly carcinogen. It has been proven that inhaling even the most microscopic particle of asbestos can damage the delicate membrane surrounding the lungs and lead to cancer. The plaintiff's mother claims that the plaintiff's mental disability has made coping with the crippling pain of being unable to breathe much more difficult. Talcum powder lawsuit claims continue to be filed with national lawyers representing families and individuals harmed by talcum powder.
The plaintiff's case, and indeed thousands of others, has been bolstered by an investigative report in Reuters that claims Johnson & Johnson executives knew for decades, as early as 1956, that their talc was contaminated with asbestos and hid that fact from doctors, regulators and more importantly, their customers. According to Reuters, "Internal (JNJ) documents examined by Reuters show that the company's powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that J&J kept that information from regulators and the public." Again, according to internal company memos acquired via the Freedom of Information Act, Reuters states "J&J didn't tell the FDA that at least three tests by three different labs from 1972 to 1975 had found asbestos in its talc - in one case at levels reported as rather high." Documents, dispositions, and testimony at previous trials indicate that the company's talc contained trace amounts of asbestos and that company executives covered it up. The Reuters article claims that JNJ executives lied to the FDA when asked whether or not they knew that their talc was contaminated with asbestos. In addition, when the FDA proposed that the cosmetics industry tighten the limits of an allowable percentage of asbestos in talc tenfold to one-tenth of one percent, JNJ balked and used their considerable clout to persuade the FDA to keep the allowable asbestos threshold 1%, a percentage of contamination that most likely leads to developing cancer.
Johnson & Johnson has been able to keep their knowledge of Johnson's Baby Powder asbestos a secret for over 50 years by categorizing baby powder as a "cosmetic" and not as a food or drug. In so doing they have escaped the scrutiny of the FDA, warnings, testing or recalls as the FDA has no jurisdiction. Somehow, the cosmetics industry has been trusted to be self-regulating and has failed the consumer miserably in that regard. Just the other day the FDA issued a security warning, lame as it may be, to alert consumers that several commercially available talc-based cosmetics tested positive for asbestos.