If you were diagnosed with ovarian cancer or fallopian tube cancer and used talcum powder products for feminine hygiene in the past, you may be eligible for compensation.
Johnson & Johnson has already been ordered to pay more than $72 million in damages to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer allegedly caused by Johnson’s Baby Powder™. Hundreds of other women have since come forward with claims against Johnson & Johnson over the manufacturer’s failure to warn of the potential danger of talcum powder-based products.
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Talcum Powder Lawsuit Information
Talcum powder is excellent at absorbing moisture, making it a staple in bathrooms across America for generations. Companies like Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest talcum powder manufacturers in the United States, heavily market their talcum powder products, including Johnson’s Baby Powder™ and Shower to Shower™, especially to women as a solution to stay comfortable and maintain feminine hygiene.
Unfortunately, this “wonder” product has been linked to increased occurrences of ovarian cancer in women who regularly used talcum powder to combat moisture, odor and chafing in the vaginal area. Numerous scientific studies – going as far back as 1971 – demonstrated a connection between use of talcum powder in the female genital area and ovarian cancer. In fact, a 2013 study demonstrated a 30 percent increased risk for ovarian cancer or fallopian tube cancer in women who regularly use talcum powder.
Despite the widely publicized results of these studies, talcum powder manufacturers ignored the information and refused to appropriately warn users of these potential dangers. Johnson & Johnson knew of the risks for nearly two decades, yet refused to provide any warnings to women who used their talcum powder products.
Why Talcum Powder Is A Problem
Talcum powder is made from talc, one of the softest known minerals. To create talcum powder, talc rocks are mined and then crushed, dried and milled into a fine powder. This powder is an excellent moisture absorber.
Unfortunately, in pathological studies of ovarian cancer or fallopian tube cancer patients, talc particles have been found “deeply embedded” in the tissues of their reproductive organs and the tumor itself. This suggests a causal effect between the talcum powder and ovarian cancer and fallopian tube cancer. After being applied to the female genital area or on sanitary napkins, diaphragms or condoms, the talc particles travel through the vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes to the ovaries, where the cancer tumors grow.
Based on this link between talc and ovarian cancer and fallopian tube cancer, scientists for decades have been urging talc manufacturers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require warnings against talc use for feminine hygiene. Despite evidence of the link, no such warnings have been required by the FDA or voluntarily implemented by talc manufacturers, particularly Johnson & Johnson.
Why Johnson & Johnson Should Be Liable
Johnson & Johnson has known about the risks associated with talcum powder for nearly two decades. In 1997, an internal memo from their own medical consultant stated “anybody who denies the risk of using hygienic talc and ovarian cancer is denying the obvious in the face of all evidence.” Despite their own scientists acknowledging the causal relationship, Johnson & Johnson has consistently ignored the data and refused to warn its customers of the cancer risk.
Johnson & Johnson’s failure to warn customers of potential danger associated with using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene has exposed the pharmaceutical giant to significant legal liability. The company has already been found liable for more than $72 million in damages related to talcum powder use and ovarian cancer.
Johnson & Johnson is currently facing claims by thousands of women throughout the United States who trusted the manufacturer to sell its product with adequate warnings in place.
How We Can Help
If you were diagnosed with ovarian cancer or fallopian tube cancer and used talcum powder products for feminine hygiene in the past, you may be eligible to participate in the talcum powder lawsuits. We are proud to help victims of dangerous products recover compensation for medical bills, serious physical pain and suffering and loss of consortium and/or death. We offer free legal consultations to anyone who wishes to learn more about these talcum powder lawsuits.