A recently published study published in the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology highlights the challenges faced by those trying to link asbestos exposure to malignant mesothelioma. According to two noted experts in environmental and occupational health, asbestos industry lobbyists selectively use data and disinformation to minimize the mineral’s risks.
Mesothelioma Victims Impacted by Commercial Interests
The study was co-authored by Arthur Frank of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Xaver Bauer of the University of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany, who analyzed more than 100 documents published over the last twenty years. In reviewing research and data produced by asbestos industry stakeholders and others, they found them lacking in scientific evidence and slanted “to document false assumptions and predications from these entities using scientific evidence-based facts.”
The authors wrote, “For decades, the chrysotile asbestos industry has hired scientists … to create the propaganda that chrysotile is safer than amphibole asbestos types and can be used safely. Some of these scientists were also engaged in producing defense material for other industries, including the tobacco industry. The persisting strong influence of vested asbestos-related interests in workers and public health issues, including regulations and compensation, necessitate ongoing alertness, corrections and appropriate reactions in scientific as well as public media and policy advisory bodies.”
Industry Publishes Manipulated Data to Influence Policy and Sway Mesothelioma Juries
The authors cited examples in which the industry had reports ghostwritten for use in support of defensive positions in mesothelioma lawsuits, as well as to influence government policy regarding asbestos regulations. They point to a shocking example of a talc company’s corporate document that references a U.S. senator referred to as being in the industry’s “back pocket.”
The report makes clear the various challenges associated with pursuing the goals of mesothelioma advocates, whether defeating the asbestos companies by affecting a ban of the toxic mineral or prevailing in court against corporations that put profits over people’s health. For information on how the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net can help you, contact us today at .1-800-692-8608.