Asbestos Found in Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder Prompts Recall

Johnson & Johnson has recalled about 33,000 bottles of its baby powder product. The move comes after the Food & Drug Administration found trace amounts of asbestos. While only one bottle was identified as contaminated, others could be at risk. If you have purchased Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder from lot #22318RB, your bottle may be affected. Contact the company for a refund or for any questions, and do not use the baby powder.

Asbestos is a major concern for talc-based products such as Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. The company is facing a multitude of lawsuits across the country over the product. But the recall is historic. It marks the first time the company has needed to recall its baby powder because of asbestos.

In a statement, the FDA said the recall is needed to protect consumers’ health and safety. The agency said it will continue to test talc products to search for asbestos.

Product defect and other lawsuits have alleged that Johnson & Johnson knowingly sold defective baby powder. Specifically, plaintiffs have argued that contaminated baby powder has caused them to get mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer. Mesothelioma is known to be primarily caused by exposure to asbestos. Depending on the victim, however, it can take years for symptoms to manifest themselves. Those symptoms may include the following:

  • Trouble breathing and swallowing
  • Painful coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains
  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

The recall is likely to aggravate concerns that Johnson & Johnson is putting corporate profits over public safety. Asbestos and tainted baby powder are not the only problems the company is facing. It has also been accused of playing a major role in the nation’s ongoing opioid epidemic. Johnson & Johnson has, in addition, been accused of selling numerous defective health products.

With so many baby powder lawsuits pending, the recall could make it difficult for the company to settle claims. If you have been harmed by Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, our firm wants to hear from you. Our Washington, D.C. mass tort attorneys are investigating injuries related to tainted and defective baby powder products.

Johnson & Johnson is still defending the overall safety of its baby powder. It remains for sale despite the FDA’s investigation and the recall. Johnson & Johnson claims that it uses rigorous testing on its products, including baby powder, to check for any hazards. It has noted that the amount of asbestos recently detected is small. Also, the company says that the talc used in its products is reliably sourced from safe ore. An investigation by the company is underway to determine the nature of the asbestos contamination.

Plaintiffs have claimed in lawsuits that Johnson & Johnson has known about the risks of its talc products for years. Despite these hazards, however, the company did nothing to fix the problem. It instead used deceptive marketing techniques to sell baby powder that it knew put consumers’ health in jeopardy.

Our attorneys may be able to help if you or a loved one developed mesothelioma after using baby powder. Your first step is to get the medical attention you need for any health-related problems you have. Follow your doctor’s recommended treatments, and be sure to keep your medical records. These and other documents will be necessary later to get the compensation you need.

It can cost a significant amount of time and money to treat mesothelioma. Your injuries will depend on the nature of your illness, but plaintiffs have often claimed the following damages:

  • Medical bills, including for past, present, and future treatments
  • Prescription drug costs
  • Pain and suffering and emotional distress
  • Lost wages and lost earning capacity
  • Wrongful death claims

If You’ve Been Injured By Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, We Can Help

Don’t wait to take action if you have been hurt by Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. There may be time limits to file your lawsuit. Rueb Stoller Daniel is a mass tort law firm that is experienced with personal injury and product defect claims. We will review your injuries and aggressively pursue any compensation to which you may be entitled. Give us a call today to discuss your case.