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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Worthless Johnson & Johnson Band-Aids

     I recently had a small, annoying cut on the knuckle of my finger and saw BAND-AID Brand TRU-STAY Clear Spots and thought they would be ideal.
     They were except removing the second layer of backing proved to be extremely difficult. The first layer of backing (the one with the flap) came off easily, but the second layer proved extremely difficult to get off even when surgically removed with a pocket knife...it was stuck fast to the adhesive and kept tearing off in small pieces and/or folding the adhesive over on itself. 
     As a result, for every bandage I used, I ended up destroying 3-4. For this reason I will not be buying these again. This is a common problem with this product. 
     Here is the customer reviews off of the company’s website: 

Typical complaints… 
* It's a problem 50 percent of the time just to get the outside paper wrapper off. 
* 100 percent of the time the plastic tabs can't be pulled cleanly off the sticky part of the band aid. 
*...you end up mutilating the band aid and having to start over with a new one
*... if you are successful in getting the plastic tabs off the band aid it will not completely seal around the wound. 
*...There is ALWAYS at least 2 corners of the band aid that will not stick to your skin...no matter what you do. 
* I've been working my way through the box one by one throwing each of them in the trash like the rubbish they are. 
* These bandages do not work because you cannot get the backing off the band-aid without it ruining it. Then when you do get the backing off it the darn thing doesn't stick to your skin. Just junk. 

    You get the idea. To each of these negative reviews the response from Johnson and Johnson is that they were so sorry to “hear about the issues you've had with our bandages and we'd like to see how we can help.” They then list a phone number one can call Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 5:30 PM Eastern time.
     Why should people have to call them? If the company knows there is a problem, FIX IT and respond that they are working on a solution to the problem.
     My guess is that they don’t really care. Why say they don’t really care? Johnson and Johnson is the same company that has been threatened by thousands of lawsuits claiming that the talc the company uses in its baby powder is contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos. 
     Johnson & Johnson denies the presence of carcinogens in its talc, saying the plaintiffs’ tests are flawed and their results inaccurate. In 1894, Johnson and Johnson introduced baby powder made of crushed talc. The mineral can be found with asbestos in the earth, raising concern talc products are contaminated with toxic asbestos. 
     In recent years, the company has lost multimillion dollar lawsuits related to ovarian cancer caused by baby powder. In the late 1800s, doctors began to realize the importance of using sterilized medical equipment to prevent infection. Johnson & Johnson was founded to meet this need. In 1894, the company launched one of its most iconic products: Johnson’s Baby Powder, made of crushed talc. 
     For years it’s been well known that many sources of talc are naturally contaminated with asbestos, which causes mesothelioma. The two minerals often occur in the same geological formations. Despite this, Johnson and Johnson did not focus on the issues of asbestos contamination in baby powder, which is of one of its flagship consumer products. 
     Asbestos-related diseases usually arise after years of regular exposure to the toxic mineral. Long-term exposure can occur with baby powder. Many people initially received talcum powder as babies to prevent diaper rash, and they continued using the product into adulthood. Long-term use of asbestos-contaminated talcum powder can lead to cancer. 
     Johnson and Johnson has publicly denied its talcum powder products cause cancer, but documents unsealed in 2017 revealed company executives were aware of asbestos liabilities as early as the 1970s. Further, the report emphasized the need to suppress concerns over asbestos contamination at talc mines in Vermont and Italy. 
     Some executives considered switching baby powder’s main ingredient from talc to corn starch to avoid liability, the company never stopped selling talcum powder. 
     In February 2019, Imerys Talc America, one of the company’s suppliers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the wake of multibillion-dollar lawsuits alleging its talc caused ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. To date, more than $5 billion has been awarded to plaintiffs involving Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products. 
     So, no, they aren’t going to be worried about their crappy band-aids.

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