Monday, March 7, 2022

Johnson & Johnson "funded experiments on mostly Black men comparing the effects of talc and asbestos on their skin"


[A] University of Pennsylvania dermatologist ... conducted hundreds of human experiments over two decades at Holmesburg Prison in Pennsylvania.


While they didn’t dispute the company hired [the dermatologist] in the 1960s to do baby powder tests, J&J officials said they regretted the firm’s involvement with the dermatologist. Still, they noted the tests didn’t violate research standards at the time.


While jurors heard about the results of [the] asbestos study, they weren’t told the test was done on prison inmates or their race for fear of unduly prejudicing the panels against J&J.