Talc Company to Pay Millions to Cancer Patient

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A cancer patient who used Johnson & Johnson baby powder for years has fought – and won – her case against the company. The pharmaceutical company was ordered by a judge to pay $55 million to their former customer because of the dangerous talcum used in their product. The plaintiff used their baby powder for 35 years – until she was diagnosed with cancer in 2011.

An All Too Familiar Story

Unfortunately, that story is all too familiar. Women from all walks of life grew up believing baby powder was a hygienic option for feminine care. But scientists have found that there may indeed be a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. For decades, the scientific community has urged people to use cornstarch-based powders because of the danger associated with talc. Even babies can be at risk with talc – they can aspirate the fine particles and have trouble breathing.

J&J Maintains Product is Safe

Even with these warnings from the scientific community, Johnson & Johnson maintains that their product is safe. They have refused to change the labels on their products to include a warning about the potential hazards associated with talc. And though the company has lost several important lawsuits pertaining to the matter, they still insist that talc is a safe option.

Because baby powder is considered a cosmetic product and not a medical one, the labeling does not undergo scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration. Without the government mandating safety warnings on cosmetics, Johnson & Johnson aren’t likely to change their labels anytime soon. But with this latest victory, we can hope the executives will change their stance.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum and baby powder use on the genitals and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to set up a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.