Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Is Directly Linked To Causing Ovarian Cancer
Talcum powder is widely used in cosmetic products, including baby powder and adult body powders. It is made from talc, a mineral that consists of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Because of its components, talcum powder is used to absorb moisture and cut down on friction.
How did these lawsuits start?
While talcum powder has its benefits, we have now found out that Johnson & Johnson has known for quite some time that talcum powder is also a dangerous product. In fact, Johnson & Johnson is now at the center of two class action lawsuits, both of which allege the company is responsible for giving women ovarian cancer through its talcum powder products. These products include Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. The first lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson involved a woman who used talcum powder (Baby Powder) for over three decades. She was thereafter diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The lawsuit alleged that Johnson & Johnson was negligent for failing to warn her (and the public) that using Baby Powder could put her at greater risk of developing ovarian cancer.
What is the evidence linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer?
For decades, women have applied talcum powder to their genitals, or used it in their underwear, to keep the vaginal area cool and comfortable. Many women also used talcum powder on their diaphragms. By doing using the talcum powder this way (i.e., how it was intended to be used), women have unknowingly exposed their reproductive tracts to this dangerous powder.
Numerous published medical studies and articles have indicated that talc-based powders are associated with ovarian cancer. This is medical research, not claims made by lawyers. The question then becomes: Did Johnson & Johnson know about this link and fail to warn the public? If they did not, should they have known?
What claims are being made against Johnson & Johnson for its talcum powder and Baby Powder products?
There are several claims against Johnson & Johnson for the injuries caused by its talcum powder and Baby Powder products. These claims include:
- General negligence
- Violating the Unfair Competition law
- Violating business and professions code
- Violating consumers’ legal remedies
- Breach of implied warranty
- Failure to warn
What is perhaps most alarming, is that even with the numerous studies linking talcum-based products to ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson does not warn consumers of this potential danger.
Why choose Snyder & Wenner, P.C., to represent you or your loved one against Johnson & Johnson?
There are many competent, knowledgeable law firms handling talcum powder cases. Unfortunately, many firms simply collect the cases and ship them off to another firm to handle. When this happens, you do not have any actual contact with the lawyer handling your case. At Snyder & Wenner, we have been handling mass tort cases, like talcum powder cases, for over a decade. We litigate your case and handle it from beginning to end. We will keep you advised of what is happening throughout the entire process, and we are always available if you have any questions or concerns.