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Johnson & Johnson To Pay $2B To Women With Cancer

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Johnson's Baby Powder

Last week, a Missouri appeals court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.1 billion in damages to women who said they developed ovarian cancer after using the company's talcum products contaminated with asbestos. So far, more than 19,000 women have sued the company. 

According to a Reuters investigation, the company knew that its products, including its iconic baby powder, was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos, but it kept that information from regulators and the public. 

Guest:

Isabelle Chaudry, senior policy manager at the National Women’s Health Network

Web Resources:

The New York Times: Women With Cancer Awarded Billions in Baby Powder Suit

Reuters: Special Report: J&J knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder

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