J&J has been found guilty in two talcum powder trials in early 2016. In both trials the jury concluded that that talcum powder is dangerous to children and adults, and that women who apply Johnson and Johnson’s talcum powder to the genital area are at significant risk of developing ovarian cancer.
According to the news, there was evidence introduced in the above-referenced trials showing that Johnson and Johnson has been aware of the risks associated with the use of talcum powder and not only did Johnson and Johnson do nothing to warn its consumers, but also it appears that they did everything to try to distract and hide that information.
Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder has been linked to ovarian cancer and asbestos exposure. Many have already secured compensation from the company for the harm caused by its talcum powder.
Talcum powder is made from talc which is a mineral composed of magnesium, silicate and oxygen. Since it came into existence it has been known and used for absorbing moisture, oil and odors, keeping skin dry as well as to prevent skin rashes. Talcum powder is used for cosmetic purposes including but not limited to adult body powder (shower to shower), facial powder, baby powder, and other uses.
How long has talcum powder been in the market?
Johnson & Johnson has been selling talcum powder for over one hundred years, by introducing it to the market in the 1890’s. As part of Johnson & Johnson’s marketing efforts, it has introduced commercial phrases such as a sprinkle a day keeps the odor away. These types of catchy slogans have led us to believe that talcum powder is safe, however, there is currently medical literature and recent verdicts demonstrating that this product is anything BUT safe.
Is Talcum Powder a dangerous product?
There are studies as early as the 1960s that confirmed particles similar to talc can travel from the exterior of a woman’s genital area into her ovaries. In the 1970s, there were other studies that began looking into the association between ovarian cancer and genital talcum use, confirming that there was some type relation between them. However, the first study that actually confirmed the increased risk of ovarian cancer from talcum use was in 1982, performed by a well-known and respected Harvard Epidemiologist –Daniel Cramer.
From that point on, there have been several other studies, approximately 21 in total, by various researchers which have not only confirmed the link between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer, but have also revealed that using talcum powder in the genital area raises ovarian cancer risk from 2% to 33%.
Verdicts and Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson
In addition to the studies previously mentioned, there have also been two trials, so far, where juries have awarded several million dollars to ovarian cancer victims who attribute their ovarian cancer to Johnson & Johnson. In both trials both the jury and court believed that that talc powder is dangerous to children and adults, and that women who apply Johnson and Johnson’s talcum powder to the genital area are at significant risk of developing ovarian cancer.
The first case comes from a St. Louis Court who ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million dollars to a survivor of cancer attributed to talcum powder from South Dakota. On February 25, 2016 a Missouri Court awarded $72 million dollars to the relatives of an Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer on October 2015 and who was diagnosed with the disease two years earlier. In this latter case, the court found Johnson & Johnson guilty of fraud, negligence and conspiracy, thus awarding the victim’s family $62 million dollars in punitive damages, which constitutes 86% of the verdict.
Currently, there are more than one thousand lawsuits in which victims or their relatives claiming that the regular application of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder on the genital area causes ovarian cancer.
Reasons to file a Lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson
A product manufacturing company, like Johnson and Johnson, has a responsibility to be continuously on the lookout for medical literature that is being published. There are instances where Johnson and Johnson has embraced that duty and thus it is only reasonable to think that they have an army of people who analyze all of the studies that come out.
There are medical professionals that are perfectly capable of looking at individual cases of women and determine with reasonable degree of medical certainty the role talc played in their development of cancer. Therefore, if you or a loved one has been using talcum powder for a prolonged period of time and believe you may have developed ovarian cancer, it is crucial for you or your relative to get checked by a doctor and, if that is the case, to begin treatment immediately. In addition, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible so that he may be able to pursue a legal action on your behalf you can be properly be compensated for your injuries, including pain and suffering and punitive damages.
If you or your loved ones have been diagnosed with talcum powder related ovarian cancer, contact the Amaro Law Firm today. We have decades of experience handling complex and tragic personal injury cases with a 99% success rating. While companies like Johnson and Johnson value their profits above your health, we will put you first and aggressively represent you to get you every bit of the compensation you deserve.