Johnson & Johnson To Recall Baby Powders; Paid Millions In Settlement For Surgical Mesh

Johnson & Johnson to recall baby powders in the United States after the Food and Drug Administration found sub-trace levels of chrysotile asbestos contamination coming from a single bottle of Johnson’s Baby Powder purchased online.
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According to Fox Business, the level of contamination was low but the company is set to recall Lot #22318RB of Johnson’s Baby Powder, where the contaminated sample was taken.

The company stated that they already started a “rigorous and thorough investigation” as far as the matter is concerned.

Apparently, the primary investigation could not confirm if the cross-contamination of the sample is the cause of a false positive, or whether the sample was taken from a bottle with an intact seal, maybe the product is counterfeit, or maybe the sample was prepared in a controlled environment.

Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon Incorporated have reached a settlement of approximately $116.9 million with the District of Columbia and 41 states for the misleading marketing of their transvaginal surgical-mesh devices.

The mesh device is implanted into the vagina to support the pelvic organs of females who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.

Connecticut State Attorney General William Tong said that Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon violated state consumer protection by “failing to sufficiently disclose risks associated with their use.”

The State Attorney stated that the total settlement should send “a clear message that states will aggressively pursue such deceptive medical marketing cases,” as per Hartford Courant.

Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull has declared that deceptive marketing will be “even more serious when those claims are related to products that are supposed to make us healthier -but actually have a risk of hurting us.”


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