Consumer advocacy groups are pushing for the Food and Drug Administration to issue a warning about the cancer risk of talcum products following a recent $72 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson over the company’s talcum baby powder products. The lawsuit, filed by an Alabama woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and other talcum powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson, was the first verdict in the 1,200 lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over the company’s talcum baby powder products.
Following news of verdict, Foundation for Consumers (FFC), a consumer advocacy group, called on the FDA to issue a warning about the health risks of talcum powder products. Talcum—a naturally occurring mineral that is used for personal hygiene and other uses—has been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer and other diseases for decades. But despite these risks, the dangers of talcum baby powder products remain unknown to many consumers. According to records presented at trial, Johnson & Johnson has known about the link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder for decades, but has failed to warn consumers about the health risks they face.
Talcum powder has been classified as a carcinogenic product by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) when it is used in the vaginal area for feminine hygiene. Talc particles found in baby powder can travel through the Fallopian tubes to the ovaries, where the can cause inflammation that can lead to cancer. According an epidemiologist who testified in the lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, about 10% of ovarian cancer deaths in the U.S. each year are caused by exposure to talcum powder.
The FFC has called on the FDA to fast track a bill that is currently being drafted to warn consumers about the cancer risks associated with talcum powder products. The group is currently testing alternative products such as corn starch in order to develop a list of safe alternatives to talcum powder that can be used for personal hygiene by consumers.
The use of talcum powder products has also been linked to an increased risk of other cancers besides ovarian cancer. For decades, many talcum powder products contained traces of asbestos, another naturally occurring mineral that has been linked to a deadly cancer known as mesothelioma. Several lawsuits have been filed against talcum powder manufacturers by consumers who were diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer after using talcum products containing asbestos.
Consumers who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or other forms of cancer linked to the use of talcum powder products may be eligible to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation for their injuries. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with a law firm whose attorneys have the knowledge and years of experience with product liability litigation in order to successfully handle your case from start to finish.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed many product liability lawsuits on behalf of our clients, including cases involving defective drugs, dangerous medical devices, and other products. Our firm believes that when companies who manufacture products fail to ensure that they adhere to basic health and safety standards, these corporations should be held accountable in a court of law for the harm caused by their products.
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