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Landmark Opioid Settlement Is Close

4 companies would pay $26B

(Newser) - Four companies are closing in on a $26 billion settlement of lawsuits over their roles in the opioid crisis. The deal would prevent state and local governments from suing the companies in the future. Some of the governments had rejected a similar package last year; the companies added $4 billion...

'Unexplained Illness' Halts Another Vaccine Trial

This time it's Johnson & Johnson

(Newser) - Once again, a coronavirus vaccine trial has been temporarily halted due to an unexplained illness in one of the study participants. This time, it's Johnson & Johnson's trial that's on pause; the company says in a statement that clinical studies are expected to have adverse events, but...

Johnson & Johnson Starts a Notable Vaccine Trial

Its Phase 3 trial is to be the biggest, and it's testing a single-dose vaccine

(Newser) - Johnson & Johnson on Monday started Phase 3 trials of its coronavirus vaccine, something three of its big US competitors have already done. But the New York Times points out that Johnson & Johnson's candidate is an appealing one, in that it may end up being a single-dose vaccine....

Johnson & Johnson to Stop Selling Iconic Product in US

Demand for talc-based baby powder is down amid thousands of lawsuits

(Newser) - Johnson & Johnson is ending sales of its iconic talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder in the US and Canada, where demand has dwindled amid thousands of lawsuits claiming it has caused cancer. The world’s biggest maker of health care products said Tuesday the talc-based powder will still be sold...

Johnson & Johnson Shares COVID-19 Vaccine Timeline

Human trials will begin no later than September

(Newser) - For coronavirus vaccine watchers, some news from Johnson & Johnson. After announcing in February that it expected vaccine trials to begin in as few as 8 months, on Monday it updated that timeline to seven. The Wall Street Journal reports the company has chosen its "lead candidate" and that...

J&J Recalls Baby Powder

Company to offer refunds on 33K bottles after tests found traces of asbestos

(Newser) - Johnson & Johnson on Friday recalled a single batch of its baby powder as a precaution after government testing found trace amounts of asbestos in one bottle bought online. The recalled lot consists of 33,000 bottles distributed last year. J&J said the Food and Drug Administration found minuscule...

Judge Makes Big Decimal Point Error in Opioid Ruling

Oklahoma's Thad Balkman was off by $107M or so

(Newser) - A judge in Oklahoma has admitted a major calculating error in the $572 million penalty applied to pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson for its role in the state's opioid crisis. "That's the last time I use that calculator," Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman said Tuesday,...

Man Who Said J&J Drug Made Him Grow Breasts Awarded $8B

Punitive damages awarded over Risperdal,

(Newser) - Johnson & Johnson is facing lawsuits from more than 13,000 people over the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, and now one of those complaints has spurred an enormous payout. The AP and New York Times report that a Philly jury has come in with an $8 billion award in punitive damages...

Johnson & Johnson Settles With 2 Counties Over Opioids

More than $20M to go to Ohio's Cuyahoga and Summit counties

(Newser) - Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced it had reached an agreement worth more than $20 million with two Ohio counties, becoming the latest company to settle a lawsuit to get out of the first federal trial over the nation's opioids crisis. The deal with Cuyahoga and Summit counties comes...

Opioid Ruling on J&J May Be Good News ... for Big Pharma

Johnson & Johnson must pay $572M over opioid crisis, but prosecutors wanted far more

(Newser) - It seemed like bad news for Johnson & Johnson. On Monday, an Oklahoma judge ordered the company to pay $572 million because of its role in fueling the opioid crisis. Why, then, did the company's stock rise 5% in late trading Monday and continue to rise Tuesday? Because things...

Johnson & Johnson Must Pay Up Over Opioids

Oklahoma judge orders company to shell out $572M

(Newser) - An Oklahoma judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state's opioid crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to clean up the problem. Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman's ruling followed the first state opioid case to make...

Landmark Opioid Trial Hinges on a Legal Term

What is a 'public nuisance'?

(Newser) - A landmark trial got underway Tuesday in Oklahoma—the first big test of whether a state can hold drug manufacturers responsible for the opioid crisis, reports the Wall Street Journal . In opening arguments, Attorney General Mike Hunter said these painkillers have led to the "worst manmade public health crisis"...

Woman Awarded $29M in Baby Powder Cancer Case

She said Johnson & Johnson product caused her terminal illness

(Newser) - Johnson & Johnson must pay $29 million to a woman who claimed its baby powder gave her terminal cancer, a California jury ruled Wednesday. A Superior Court jury in Oakland found the world's largest health care company mainly liable for Teresa Leavitt's mesothelioma. The verdict said that the...

Drugmaker Makes Big Change to TV Ads

Johnson & Johnson will do what has never been done before

(Newser) - Johnson & Johnson said Thursday it will start giving the list price of its prescription drugs in television ads, the AP reports. The company would be the first drugmaker to take that step. The health care giant will begin with its popular blood thinner, Xarelto, says Scott White, head of...

Judge Upholds $4.7B Baby Powder Verdict

Johnson & Johnson indicates it will appeal

(Newser) - A Missouri judge has upheld one of the largest ever personal injury lawsuit awards. But, as the New York Times reports, the defendant in the case, Johnson & Johnson, doesn’t anticipate having to shell out $4.69 billion to 22 women and their families who claim asbestos-contaminated talcum powder...

Women Awarded $4.7B in Talc Powder Lawsuit

They said asbestos in product contributed to cancer

(Newser) - A St. Louis jury on Thursday awarded nearly $4.7 billion in total damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. This was the first case against the company that focused on asbestos in the powder,...

Cancer Patient Scores $37M Win in Talcum Powder Lawsuit

NJ couple receives compensatory damages from Johnson & Johnson for cancer tied to asbestos

(Newser) - Stephen Lanzo says he used Johnson & Johnson products for decades, including products with talcum powder (e.g., the company's famous baby powder), and that his aggressive form of lung cancer was brought about by that powder. On Thursday, a jury awarded the New Jersey banker and his wife...

Judges Toss $417M, $72M Awards in Baby Powder Suits

Johnson & Johnson is pleased with the results

(Newser) - A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene, the AP reports. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson granted the company's request for a new...

Maker of Vaginal Mesh Implant Found to Be Negligent

Woman wins $57 million lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson

(Newser) - Johnson & Johnson must pay a Pennsylvania woman $57 million after internal emails revealed in court it launched a new vaginal mesh implant without a clinical trial, continued to push the implant for five years despite knowing its success rate was "way below" earlier versions, and tried to quash...

Suit: Women With Pelvic Mesh Pain Given 'Appalling' Sex Advice

Huge medical scandal in Australia spurs class-action complaint

(Newser) - Disturbing details are emerging in a class-action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in Australia, where more than 700 women allege complications from transvaginal mesh implants so severe their lives have been ruined. From chronic pain and injured organs to painful intercourse and an inability to work, they're part of...

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