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May 22 2020

J&J to Stop Sale of Talc Baby Powder-A Major Victory for US Consumers!

As reported on May 19 by Environmental Working Group (EWG) Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) will stop the sale of talc-based baby powder in the US and Canada. The announcement comes in the wake of thousands of lawsuits alleging asbestos ...

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Mar 12 2020

FDA Finds Asbestos in 20% of Cosmetic Talc Products Tested

The United States’ Food and Drug Administration began testing cosmetic talc products for asbestos contamination in late 2018 after independent testing of compact makeup powder marketed to young girls revealed the presence of asbestos. The FDA ...

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Feb 17 2020

FDA Holds Public Hearing-Stands Up to Cosmetic Talc Industry on Asbestos Testing Standards

On February 4, 2020, the FDA held a public hearing on testing methodology for asbestos in talc and cosmetics. This is the first time the FDA has held a public hearing on the matter for nearly 50 years. Since the 1970s, the US Occupational Health and ...

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Jan 22 2020

FDA's Upcoming Hearing on Talc Testing Standards

On February 4, 2020 the FDA will hold the first public hearing on testing methodology for asbestos in talc and cosmetics since 1971. This follows a nationwide recall of Baby Power in October 2019 after federal regulators detected asbestos ...

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Jan 20 2020

Case Study Finds Talc Exposure Sole Cause of Meso

A first of its kind case study published in January’s Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, identified consumer talcum powder contaminated with asbestos as the signature cause of mesothelioma in 33 long-term users. Dr. Jacqueline ...

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Jan 10 2020

New Mexico Sues Johnson & Johnson for False Advertising and Misleading the Public of the Dangers of Talc

Attorney general of New Mexico, Hector Balderas, announced in a press release on January 6 that he has filed suit on behalf of the state of New Mexico against Johnson & Johnson and three other corporations for wrongful marketing, sale and ...

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Oct 22 2019

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder Over Asbestos Concerns

On October 18, Johnson & Johnson announced that it was voluntarily recalling 33,000 bottles of baby powder after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration discovered trace levels of chrysotile asbestos from the same lot. The recall represents the ...

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Oct 14 2019

NYT's "The Weekly" Tackles the Toxicity of Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder

The Weekly, a new TV series from The New York Times, latest episode centers around a woman diagnosed with mesothelioma who chose to spend what turned out to be her last few months fighting Johnson & Johnson. Patricia Schmitz vividly recalls the ...

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Oct 7 2019

Join Us for the Pacific Meso Center's 8th Annual Walk for Mesothelioma on October 26, 2019

The Pacific Meso Center’s 8 th Annual Walk for Mesothelioma is only a few weeks away! Worthington & Caron, P.C. is proud to serve as lead sponsor for this fun and important fundraising event, as we have done every year since its inception ...

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Jul 17 2019

Johnson & Johnson under Criminal Investigation for Asbestos Cover Up

Johnson & Johnson is facing a criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department following revelations the company knew its talc products, including the iconic Baby Powder, were contaminated with asbestos but continued to sell the products for ...

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Jul 15 2019

First Mesothelioma Treatment Approved by FDA in 15 Years

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved the NovoTTF-100L system to be used in combination with pemetrexed (aka Alimta) plus platinum-based chemotherapy (Cisplatin or Carboplatin) as a front-line treatment of unresectable, locally ...

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Jul 12 2019

Claire's Busted Again for Asbestos in Cosmetics

Claire’s makeup and beauty supply chain is under fire again after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a “Safety Alert” announcing that ongoing testing of Claire’s cosmetic talc makeup products revealed the presence ...

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Jul 11 2019

State Attorneys General Sue EPA for Stricter Asbestos Rules

Eleven Democratic attorneys general from across the country recently announced in a press release that they have filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) for failure to initiate effective asbestos regulation. In ...

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Jul 10 2019

VA Launches a New User-Friendly Website

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has updated its website to offer VA members a more user friendly and enhanced digital customer experience. The VA website is accessed by 10 million veterans, servicemembers, their families, and caregivers ...

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Mar 20 2019

Register Now for the Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride on April 6, 2019!

It’s time to “Get your motor running…Head out on the Highway” for the 2019 Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride!! The ride, which raises funds for mesothelioma research conducted by the Pacific Mesothelioma Center in Los Angeles, ...

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Mar 19 2019

PBS NewsHour: "The stunning truth about asbestos use in the U.S."

On March 13, 2019, PBS NewsHour aired “The Stunning Truth About Asbestos Use in the U.S.” The report reminds that while asbestos is no longer a ubiquitous ingredient in building materials, it is still not banned and continues to ...

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Mar 15 2019

Environmental Working Group calls on Congress to Reform Government Oversight of Cosmetics

In a hearing held Tuesday, Scott Faber of the Environmental Working Group testified before the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy about the lack of government oversight of cosmetics and personal care products. Last week the U.S. Food ...

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Mar 11 2019

The Pacific Meso Center Issued a Patent for Mesenchymal Stem Cell Research

The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC) announced the issuance of a U.S. patent for their mesenchymal stem research program. The patent’s inventors Dr. Raymond Wong and Dr. Robert B. Cameron, Scientific Advisor at PMC, Director of the UCLA ...

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Mar 8 2019

FDA Confirms Asbestos in Claire's Makeup; Acknowledges Need For Regulation of Cosmetics Industry

On Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Safety Statement and a Recall Alert after confirming the presence of asbestos in cosmetic powder makeup products marketed to young girls and teens, and sold by retailer Claire's. The ...

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Feb 15 2019

J&J Supplier Imerys Files for Bankruptcy Protection Amid Talc Lawsuits

On February 13, Imerys Talc America, a major talc supplier for Johnson & Johnson, filed for bankruptcy protection amid mounting lawsuits claiming exposure to its talc causes mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Imerys is routinely named as a ...

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Feb 13 2019

NYT Report Finds Cosmetics Industry's Lax Regulations Hurts Consumers

Unlike the pharmaceutical industry, the personal-care industry is essentially self-regulated. In fact, the federal government has not updated the laws regulating the personal care industry since 1938 when it was first enacted. In addition, the FDA ...

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Feb 4 2019

SELF Asks: How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?

In the wake of the recent Reuters investigative report finding Johnson & Johnson knew about asbestos in its talc products for decades, the popular women’s health, beauty and style publication, SELF, examined the health risks currently posed ...

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Feb 1 2019

Sri Lanka Halts Imports of Johnson's Baby Powder Over Asbestos Concerns

On January 30, 2019 Reuters reported that the National Health Ministry of Sri Lanka has banned imports of Johnson’s Baby Powder until independent testing of talc supplies proves the talc is asbestos free. This move comes in the wake of a ...

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Jan 31 2019

Senator Murray "Troubled" by Reports J&J Hid Risks of Baby Powder-Demands CEO to Produce Asbestos Info

On January 28, 2019, the United States Senate took the monumental step of demanding that consumer products giant, Johnson & Johnson, produce documents and information relating to asbestos in J&J Baby Powder. The demand was communicated in a ...

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Jan 17 2019

California Jury finds Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Contained Asbestos, was Defective, and its Risks were "Known or Knowable" to the Company

San Pedro, CA. Johnson & Johnson has been waging an all-out campaign to rehabilitate its image in the wake of a December 14, 2018 report by Reuters News finding the company knew for decades its iconic Baby Powder contained asbestos. When the ...

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