Valisure, an independent pharmaceutical testing company reported in May 2021 that certain Neutrogena sunscreens and sun care products contained detectable levels of benzene. Benzene is a carcinogen with known links to blood cancer and other serious illnesses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that long-term exposure to benzene is linked to Leukemia, anemia, reduction in ovary size, and excessive bleeding. Here, the CDC terms long-term exposure as exposure for more than one year. Benzene is an industrial chemical used for manufacturing plastic, detergents, rubbers, dyes, and insecticides. It is also found in crude oil and cigarette smoke.
On May 24, Valisure filed a petition to the Food and Drug Administration to recall the sun care products that were found to have dangerous levels of benzene. Following this announcement by Valisure, on July 14, Johnson & Johnson announced that it is voluntarily recalling certain Neutrogena and Aveeno products “out of an abundance of caution.” The company recalled the following products:
- Neutrogena Invisible Daily defense aerosol sunscreen
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer aerosol sunscreen
- Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen
- Neutrogena Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen
- Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen
J&J further recommended its customers who used these products dispose of the same and reach out to the company for a refund.
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How Harmful Is Benzene?
The level of benzene contained in any product should comply with the limits specified under the law. Those exposed to benzene for 10 hours at concentrations above 0.1 parts per million (ppm) or for 15 minutes at 1 ppm are required to wear protective equipment. Valisure reported that certain Neutrogena products contained more than 6ppm of benzene.
Benzene can be absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin in just one application and the risk is greater for children as their skin is more permeable. Benzene is classified as a known human carcinogen. Apart from causing leukemia, it can lead to reduced blood cells, harm the bone marrow, and cause anemia. It can also impact female menstrual health and decrease ovary size. Sometimes, benzene can also impact one’s immunity, cause excessive bleeding, and increase the chances of infection. Other side-effects of benzene exposure include:
- Drowsiness or dizziness
- Irregular heartbeat
- Confusion and unconsciousness
Neutrogena Sunscreen Lawsuit
Personal injury lawsuits against Neutrogena for negligence, product liability, and strict liability are expected soon. It is also expected that there may be federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) against J&J. Unlike class-action lawsuits, the victim’s claims remain separate in an MDL, and compensation is determined on an individual basis. If the claim is successful, the victims can claim compensation for:
- Medical and hospital bills including bills for therapies, chemo, surgery, and radiation.
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Am I Eligible to File a Claim Related to Neutrogena Sunscreen Use?
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above after long-term exposure to Neutrogena Sunscreen, it is advisable to contact an Indiana defective product lawyer soon. Furthermore, it is also important to preserve any evidence related to the purchase and use of the product including bills and spray bottles.
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