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J&J continues to promote talc-based child powder in India, regardless of discontinuing in U.S. and Canada

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India is part of the pharmaceutical large Johnson and Johnson’s (J&J) “worldwide portfolio evaluation and industrial choice to transition to an all cornstarch-based child powder portfolio.’’

In its assertion the Firm mentioned that because of this transition, talc-based Johnson’s child powder might be discontinued globally in 2023.

The announcement earlier this month comes two years after J&J discontinued the product within the U.S. and Canada.

Youngster rights teams, dad and mom and medical doctors have been questioning the continued availability of the product right here in India. Indian drug regulators have been silent on this difficulty; permitting huge availability and sale of this product within the nation.

The Firm has mentioned that “In India there is no such thing as a plan to withdraw this talc and that there might be no recall. The product is secure and might be accessible until manufacturing stops.’’

“Product brought about ovarian most cancers”

The Firm’s choice to cease manufacturing comes following a number of lawsuits from girls who declare that the product brought about them to have ovarian most cancers, as a result of alleged contamination of asbestos, a recognized carcinogen.

The Firm has maintained that their older (which isn’t corn-starch-based) product is secure.

“Our place on the protection of our beauty talc stays unchanged. We stand firmly behind the many years of impartial scientific evaluation by medical specialists all over the world that confirms that talc-based Johnson’s Child Powder is secure, doesn’t comprise asbestos, and doesn’t trigger most cancers,” the Firm mentioned in its assertion.

“In India, the Firm is late in implementing the technique which has been tailored within the western a part of the world. If a product is being discontinued for manufacturing, why ought to or not it’s offered and why not recollect it?”questioned Dr. Suresh Kumar Panuganti, lead consultant-Pediatric Essential Care, Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad.

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“Inhaling talc results in respiratory diseases”

For many years now medical doctors have suggested dad and mom to not use talcum powder on infants, even when it doesn’t comprise asbestos, cautioning that inhaling the talc can result in respiratory diseases.

Dr. Syed Mustafa Hasan, director and senior guide, Paediatrics and Neonatology, Aakash Healthcare mentioned that we already know the dangerous results of asbestos, which has been discovered of their talc-based child powder, on respiratory well being. Asbestos is primarily a constructing materials generally utilized in India in the course of the Nineteen Eighties, usually in fireproofing and insulation.

“When talc is contaminated with asbestos, it’s extra prone to comprise extremely carcinogenic tremolite or anthophyllite. They’re thought-about extra carcinogenic than chrysotile, the most-used sort of asbestos. Extended respiratory of asbestos will increase the chance of a number of cancers, together with lung and colon most cancers. Infants and youngsters under the age group of 5 are 5 instances extra prone to get affected than a 30-year-old grownup to develop mesothelioma, a sort of most cancers linked to asbestos if they’re uncovered to it on the identical time. It’s because a baby’s organs are extra tender than an grownup’s. Talcum powders are dangerous for each the mom and child,’’ he defined.

In India the Nationwide Fee of Safety for Youngster Rights (NCPCR) had raised questions with the drug regulator over the shortage of uniformity within the testing strategies for detecting the presence of formaldehyde and asbestos (each recognized as substances that promote the formation of most cancers in people) in J&J’s child shampoo and talcum powder. A ultimate choice on the matter is pending, famous a senior Well being Ministry official.

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The Firm has defined its transition to cornstarch-based child powder stating that they constantly consider and optimize their portfolio to greatest place the enterprise for long-term progress.

“Already offered in different international locations”

“This transition will assist simplify our product choices, ship sustainable innovation, and meet the wants of our customers, prospects and evolving world tendencies,’’ it maintained whereas admitting that the cornstarch-based Johnson’s Child Powder was already offered in international locations all over the world.

Dr. Sumit Chakravarty, senior guide Neonatologist, Asian Hospital defined that asbestos—a possible carcinogen—is definitely the offender in one of many manufacturers, however the others have to examine their degree as nicely. He reiterated that in kids using talc is just not beneficial because the particles can attain the lungs by way of the nostril and trigger acute respiratory diseases, typically extreme sufficient to get the kid admitted.

The Indian child care merchandise market is very aggressive, with varied regional and world gamers holding main shares and concerned of their progress. The foremost gamers increasing their enterprise are Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé SA, The Procter & Gamble Firm, Kimberly-Clark Company, and Himalaya International Holdings Ltd., collectively holding the bulk share of the general market, mentioned a report by Mordor Intelligence, a market intelligence and advisory agency.

By- The Hindu

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