Serial Corporate Criminal Strikes Again: J & J Pays $127 MIL In Cancer Cases

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By Jefferey Jaxen

The uncomfortable fact is that multinational corporations have little to no humanity and they continue to prove it. Johnson and Johnson is not unique in its crimes and abuse. Other corporations have bodies buried that will also soon be discovered. The real question is why people continue to trust the serial criminals whose tentacles reach into our communities, our houses and our families.

Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay up to $2.2 billion to settle a decade-long investigation into illegal promotion of Risperdal between 1999 and 2005. The Food and Drug Administration had prohibited Johnson & Johnson salespeople from trying to promote Risperdal to doctors to treat children because of its feared side effects, including hormonal disorders.

See: J&J Being Sued After Covering Up Drug Risk Causing Boys To Grow Breasts

The company was also not allowed to promote it to treat the elderly except for the most serious psychotic disorders; it was thought to cause strokes, diabetes and other ailments in that population. However, the lawsuit revealed documents proving Johnson & Johnson had encouraged doctors to prescribe the drug without warning of its risks.

In fact, Johnson & Johnson emails, sales training manuals and business plans produced as evidence in the case revealed that the company organized special sales units illegally targeting doctors who treated the elderly and children. State mental institutions treating children, whose drugs would be paid for by Medicaid, were targeted, too.

Did Johnson & Johnson learn from their mistakes? It has been refreshing to see the mainstream media report on a new story showing the high criminality and purposeful abuse of this corporation. For the second time in three months, a St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a huge award over claims that its talcum powder causes cancer.

The first settlement in the sum of $72 million went to an Alabama native who has since passed away from from ovarian cancer thought to be caused by Johnson & Johnson’s known cancer-causing talcum powder. More than 1,200 women from across the country are currently suing Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn consumers of the dangers associated with their talcum baby powder.

The jury deliberated eight hours recently before ordering the company to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman, another one of the 1200 women, who blamed her ovarian cancer on years of talcum powder use. Researchers began linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer in the 1970s, and that internal Johnson & Johnson documents show the company was aware of those studies.

Jim Onder, attorney for the plaintiff in this recent St. Louis case stated:

“The evidence is real clear that Johnson & Johnson has known about the dangers associated with talcum powder for over 30 years,” Onder said.

“Instead of giving a warning, what they did was targeted the groups most at risk for developing ovarian cancer,” specifically marketing to overweight women, blacks and Hispanics.”

JOHNSON & JOHNSON INTERNAL MEMOS

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How long will people continue to support gleefully abusive and corporations by using their products? Below is a homemade recipe to make your own talcum powder minus the cancer risk and abusive predatory corporate marketing.

Recipe compliments of WellnessMama.com

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Sources:

  1. Corbett Report: Everything is Super Swell at Johnson & Johnson Folks (Just Don’t Mention the Baby Powder Cancer
  2. WellnessMama.com Homemade Baby Powder Recipe
  3. DrugWatch: Resperdal Verdicts & Settlements
  4. Huffingtion Post: America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker
  5. ABCnews.com: St. Louis Awards $55 Million in Johnson & Johnson Cancer Suit

Jefferey Jaxen is an independent journalist, writer, and researcher. Focusing on personal empowerment and alternative health, his work reveals a sharp eye to capture the moment in these rapidly changing times. Check out his YouTube. Like on Facebook and Tweet to Jefferey.

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