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Johnson & Johnson Battles Allegations It Failed To Act On Reported Talcum-Cancer Links

May 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Johnson & Johnson is fighting legal claims and public perception that the company put more emphasis on revenue than on ethics following a court case awarding damages to a woman diagnosed with cancer after years of using its talcum powder. J&J asserts that there is no sufficient medical evidence linking ovarian cancer risk to talcum powder use. Despite scientific facts being cited by the company, however, its brand is likely to suffer significant damage. While it seems that the company ignored information or warnings from some scientific studies highlighting possible links between its product and ovarian cancer, there are no definitive argument for this, according to Wharton lecturer in health care management Robert Field.
"Talcum Trouble: Where Does J&J’s Responsibility Lie?", Knowledge@Wharton , May 11, 2016, © Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
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