J & J Recalls Baby Powder After FDA Finds Asbestos

Johnson &Johnson announced a voluntary recall on Friday of an estimated 33,000 bottles of its iconic baby powder after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found traces of asbestos in a bottle purchased recently from an online retailer. The company also said that it was working closely with federal authorities to determine the validity of the test results and the integrity of the tested sample. FDA testing indicated sub-trace levels of chrysotile asbestos contamination, defined as no greater than 0.00002%, according to the announcement. Exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral and known carcinogen, is the primary cause of malignant mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer with no definitive cure. The announcement from J&J comes in the wake of a recently published case study that detailed six individuals with mesothelioma whose only known exposure to asbestos involved contaminated talcum powder of various brands. The Hidden Dangers of Talc Talc companies have covered up the dangerous link to asbestos and mesothelioma for years. Learn More about the Talc Cover-up Minimal Regulation Over Baby Powder Manufacturers for decades have promised to use talc that is free from detectable levels of asbestos, but concerns continue to persist. The issue of asbestos contamination in talc stems from the mining process of the two minerals, often found in clos...
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A team of experts from eight different federal agencies has presented the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with preliminary recommendations to standardize the testing of talc for the presence of asbestos and other potentially harmful mineral products. The recommendations, some of which reject long-held talc industry positions, are designed to end the discrepancies in analysis of whether talc products are contaminated with cancer-causing substances. Preliminary recommendations will be part of the FDA’s public meeting on Feb. 4 to discuss and obtain scientific information on testing for asbestos in talc-based products...
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Researchers in Spain have discovered a drug combination showing potential in treating the most difficult-to-treat type of malignant mesothelioma. Selumetinib and AZD8186, already being studied separately in clinical trials for other cancers, displayed efficacy when used in combination on mesothelioma of the sarcomatoid cell type. Researchers at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre made the discovery during their study using mice models and human tumor cells in the laboratory. “The findings, we hope, are relevant,” Dr. Paco Real, who led the study, told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “We d...
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An international research team has identified a novel molecular target with potential to significantly improve future treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. The recent findings could lead to a drug that targets key genetic inhibitors often preventing a patient’s own immune system from suppressing mesothelioma tumor growth. Dr. Antonio Giordano, part of the collaborative research team, said the goal is reducing mesothelioma mortality with a combinational therapy that includes this new target. “These findings help us define molecular mechanisms that may be key to mesothelioma aggressiveness and progression,...
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Background: Pemetrexed is an antifolate cytostatic drug that targets multiple enzymes involved in folate biosynthesis and is indicated for treatment of non–small-cell lung cancer and malignant pleural mesothelioma. As evidence for an exposure–response/toxicity relationship is accumulating, dose individualization using therapeutic drug monitoring may be a feasible strategy to optimize treatment. The purpose of this study was to develop a simple, sensitive, high-performance liquid chromatography method with UV detection for quantification of pemetrexed levels in human plasma. Method: The method involves a si...
Source: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Short Communication Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 10 January 2020Source: Pathology - Research and PracticeAuthor(s): Masanori Matsuda, Hironori Ninomiya, Ryo Wakejima, Kentaro Inamura, Sakae Okumura, Mingyon Mun, Masanobu Kitagawa, Yuichi IshikawaAbstractCalretinin, a mesothelioma marker, is sometimes expressed in lung cancer, which may complicate the differential diagnosis of mesothelioma. Here, the clinicopathological and immunohistochemical characteristics of calretinin-positive lung cancer were examined to reduce confusion with malignant mesothelioma. Calretinin expression in 307 consecutive cases of lung cancer was evaluated immunoh...
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In this study, we comprehensively analyzed the expression profile and prognostic value of HOXC11 in human pan-cancer using online The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) databases. HOXC11 was widely up-regulated in tumor tissues when compared with the normal tissues in pan-cancer across nine cancer types. In addition, high mRNA level of HOXC11 predicted poor overall survival (OS) of patients with adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC), colon adenocarcinoma (COAD), kidney renal clear cell carcinoma (KIRC), mesothelioma (MESO) and pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PAAD), respectively. By comparative analysis, we found that HOXC11 was up-regulated a...
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A patient diagnosed with pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma today can survive well beyond expectations, provided personalized treatment can be found at a specialty center. Research from the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City has shown that despite the poor prognosis typically accompanies this rare diagnosis, patients still can thrive. “This is an understudied, and poorly understood, group of patients that often is just written off,” surgical oncologist Dr. Michael Kluger at Columbia told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “But we’ve shown a meaningful survival.” Kluger,...
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Conclusion In our cohort, seafaring was associated with a higher overall incidence of cancer compared to the general population. While the majority of cancers could not be linked to specific occupational facto rs, increases in mesothelioma, lip and non-melanoma-skin cancer indicate previous exposure to asbestos, ultraviolet radiation and potentially also chemicals with dermal carcinogenic properties at sea.byUgelvig Petersen K, Pukkala E, Martinsen JI, Lynge E, Tryggvadottir L, Weiderpass E, Kj ærheim K, Heikkinen S, Hansen J. doi:10.5271/sjweh.3877
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health - Category: Occupational Health Tags: Original article Source Type: research
Conclusion In our cohort, seafaring was associated with a higher overall incidence of cancer compared to the general population. While the majority of cancers could not be linked to specific occupational factors, increases in mesothelioma, lip and non-melanoma-skin cancer indicate previous exposure to asbestos, ultraviolet radiation and potentially also chemicals with dermal carcinogenic properties at sea. PMID: 31917456 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health - Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tags: Scand J Work Environ Health Source Type: research
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