Update: Johnson & Johnson stops selling talc-based baby powder in U.S.
Johnson & Johnson announced it will stop selling talcum-based baby powder in the United States and Canada. J&J’s decision follows multiple trials where juries awarded billions of dollars in damages after finding that J&J’s talc-based baby powders caused cancer. J&J reported they were stopping sales because of a decline in demand. However, documents made public during the trials revealed that from at least 1971 to the early 2000’s, Johnson & Johnson’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for asbestos. More than 16,000 talc-related lawsuits are pending against Johnson & Johnson.
Safety Alert: Ovarian Cancer and Talcum Powder Use
Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson is the subject of numerous lawsuits alleging the company failed to warn women about the potential risk of developing ovarian cancer through the use of its popular talcum powder products, Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder. Talc is a naturally occurring mineral made up of silicon, magnesium, hydrogen and oxygen and can be problematic to mine given its frequent co-location to asbestos ore. Because of their close proximity, talc must be strictly regulated to avoid contamination by asbestos. Although talc is a natural mineral, it is thought to be very difficult for the body to remove, and talc particles may become embedded in the ovarian tissue, inflammation may occur and cancerous tumors may form. We are helping patients and families who have developed ovarian cancer and believe it may be related to their talcum powder use. Call us at 1.800.887.8029 and tell us your story.
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Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer
For many years, talcum powder has been used by women for feminine hygiene. A study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that the use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene may increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer by 20-30%. When used daily, that risk increases to 41%. As multiple lawsuits are now bringing to light, talc powder may not be as safe as once thought. In 1982, a study found that women who used talcum powder on the perineum had a 92 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. Despite this possible link, Johnson & Johnson has not placed warnings about this risk on their products. It has been alleged that Johnson & Johnson knew about the ovarian cancer risk and failed to warn women using these products. J&J continues to sell and promote products containing talcum powder despite the potentially life altering consequences for their customers.
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If you or someone you love has used talcum powder and later developed ovarian cancer, you may want to consider your potential legal claim. For more information, or to talk with a lawyer experienced in drug injury cases, please call us toll-free at 1.800.887.8029 for a free consultation or fill out an online free case review form. Zimmerman Reed is experienced in handling drug cases and we welcome your questions.