US court puts $4.69 bn fine on Johnson & Johnson over claim that its talc caused cancer

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A US court has ordered US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay a record compensation for 22 women who took the company to the court saying that talcum powder contains dangerous asbestos that caused ovarian cancer.

The $4.69 billion award by a Missouri jury comes amidst the company fights more than 9,000 cases over the mineral talc, which experts say gets mixed with the naturally occurring carcinogenic asbestos. The company says that their testing and purification processes ensure the safety and cleanliness of its products.

“For over 40 years, Johnson & Johnson has covered up the evidence of asbestos in their products,” the victims’ lawyer Mark Lanier said in a statement.

“The company should pull talc from the market before causing further anguish, harm, and death from a terrible disease,” he added.

Johnson & Johnson called said that it is “deeply disappointed” with the verdict and it “intends to pursue all available appellate remedies.”

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