Does Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer? Here's What We Know

Posted August 24, 2017

Ms. Echeverria began daily use of Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products when she was 11 years old.

The verdict came after a St. Louis, Missouri jury in May awarded $110.5 million to a Virginia woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. The verdict consists of $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages, according to Reuters. "While no amount of money can make up for her suffering, we believe that this jury has sent a clear message to Johnson & Johnson that its conduct in regards to talc and ovarian cancer was unacceptable", says Sandy A. Liebhard, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective medical devices, drugs and consumer products.

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered by a Los Angeles jury to pay a sum of $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. Defendant Johnson and Johnson [corporate website] now faces [Reuters report] about 4,800 claims regarding the company's failure to warn consumers of cancer risks linked to such products.

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Well, the firm of Johnson 7 Johnson has the plan to appeal against this case. Because all the cases show that it increases the risk of ovarian cancer. J&J is appealing the verdicts and in Ju ne succeeded in halting a trial in St Louis after the US Supreme Court made it more hard for out-of-state plaintiffs to join lawsuits in state courts that are deemed favourable to their claims. Many scientists do believe that talc may lead to cancer. "Ovarian cancer is a devastating diagnosis and we deeply sympathize with the women and families impacted by this disease".

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There are more than 300 similar cases pending in California and about 4,800 in other courts across the US. "We are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder, " she said. But as the American Cancer Society notes, those kinds of studies can be biased because they rely on a person's memory of talc use years after the fact.

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In its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, although all talcum products for personal use in the United States have been asbestos-free since the 1970s.

Another St. Louis jury rejected the claims of a Tennessee woman with ovarian and uterine cancer who asserted that her use of talcum powder caused her cancers.

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