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Hundreds of Women Sue Johnson & Johnson over Use of Talcum Powder

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Women Sue Johnson & Johnson over Use of Talcum Powder

Women Sue Johnson & Johnson over Use of Talcum Powder


The litigation against Johnson & Johnson over talcum powder continues to grow, as hundreds of women have filed a lawsuit alleging that the soft powder product caused ovarian cancer. The pharmaceutical giant was allegedly negligent with regards to the risks of their talcum powder products, such include Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. The women allege that J&J should have warned that use of talcum powder in the genital area could increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

FairWarning, a non-profit investigative news organization, reports that a number of studies link talcum powder to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. “Since the early 1980s, a slew of studies had found that women who regularly used talc powder for feminine hygiene had higher than average rates of ovarian cancer.” according to an article posted April 29th.

Johnson & Johnson has been selling talcum powder products for over 100 years. In fact, baby powder was one the company’s first products. Some women also use talcum powder for feminine hygiene to prevent odor. However, there have been studies linking talcum powder to an increased risk of ovarian cancer for decade. “In 1976, researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York published test results on 20 talc-based consumer products, including baby and facial powders. They found two types of asbestos, tremolite, and anthophyllite, in 10 of the 20 products.” FairWarning states.

The website also notes that “Researchers who believe there is a definite causal link estimate that talcum powder use could cause about 2,100 cases, or 10 percent, of those ovarian cancers.”

The first lawsuit alleging talcum powder caused ovarian went to trial in 2013. J&J was found guilty of negligence and for failing to warn about the risk of ovarian cancer. While no damages were awarded, the case fueled further litigation.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Hundreds of Women Sue Johnson & Johnson over Use of Talcum Powder was posted on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 at 1:30 am at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Other Lawsuits, Product Liability Lawsuits, Toxic Substances Lawsuits, Uncategorized.

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