A Missouri court recently awarded $55 million in damages to a woman who used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder for feminine hygiene for years. She later developed ovarian cancer.
Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, a signature product for the company, contains talc, an ingredient linked to increased risk of ovarian cancer. While the plaintiff's cancer is currently in remission, she, along with dozens of other women, stated that Johnson & Johnson failed to alert consumers of the inherent dangers of talcum powder.
This talcum powder verdict was issued just two months after Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer. The woman had used Johnson & Johnson's Shower to Shower and Baby Powder talc products for many years. The jury believed there was a correlation between her cancer diagnosis and talcum powder use.
The link between ovarian cancer and talc is not a new one. Researchers began making the connection in the 1970s, with studies statistically supporting the claim by 1982. Talc particles have been found embedded in the tumors of ovarian cancer patients who used talc products.
While medical opinion differs regarding how direct the link may be between talc and ovarian cancer, physicians discourage women from using talc products due to the increased risk of cancer. Because of safety concerns, doctors also advise against using talc products on babies.
Johnson & Johnson is believed to have had knowledge of the cancer risk associated with talc use for decades. Early researchers report sharing findings and concerns with Johnson & Johnson management. An internal memo dated 1997 from a company medical consultant addressed the correlation between ovarian cancer and talc. Still, Johnson & Johnson continues to deny that such a link exists and intends to appeal the latest verdict.
If you used talcum powder for feminine hygiene and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you could be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact the skilled talcum powder lawsuit attorneys at the Arnold Law Firm today to set up your free consultation.