THE WHAT? ‘Unsealed documents’ have revealed that Johnson & Johnson once funded a study in which prisoners were injected with asbestos in order to compare its effect on their skin versus talc, according to a report published by Bloomberg.
THE DETAILS The baby powder manufacturer has not been linked to the controversial 1960s study in the past – its involvement was revealed during the talc litigation the health care manufacturer has been battling over the past few years.
THE WHY? The company did not deny its involvement, per Bloomberg, but contended that the tests conformed to contemporary research standards when they were conducted. Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman, Kim Montagnino, told Bloomberg in an emailed statement, “We deeply regret the conditions under which these studies were conducted, and in no way do they reflect the values or practices we employ today. As the world’s largest health care company, our transparent, diligent approach to bioethics is at the heart of all we promise our customers and society.”