Many women make the choice to use talcum powder daily for feminine hygiene. However, this trusted household product has recently been linked to a serious form of ovarian cancer that is found in thousands of women each year.
While talcum powder has been known to be dangerous for babies and children, the product was still widely used by women. After recent revelations, women are now taking action against Johnson & Johnson, the popular pharmaceutical company and distributor of talcum powder.
Lawsuits Against Johnson & Johnson
At present date, there have been numerous claims filed against Johnson & Johnson for their failure to warn women of the dangers of developing ovarian cancer when using talcum powder. Shockingly, the connection between Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder and ovarian cancer dates back to 1971. During the early 1970s, a study of ovarian cancer patients revealed talc particles in their ovarian tissues. However, Johnson & Johnson argued against these findings and kept the product in circulation for some 40 years without any warnings.
The first winning lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson came in 2013, when a federal jury found that talcum made by Johnson & Johnson did in fact contribute to ovarian cancer in a South Dakota woman. Since then, Johnson & Johnson has been the target of a handful of class-action lawsuits that claim the pharmaceutical giant is responsible for giving women ovarian cancer. Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower are the two main products that have been highlighted within the talcum powder lawsuits.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
The winning outcome of the 2013 lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson has opened the door for other women who have suffered from ovarian cancer to pursue legal action. According to that lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson has been aware of the link to cancer since 1982, when a groundbreaking study discovered women using talcum powder for hygienic purposes were 92% more likely to develop ovarian cancer.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using a talcum-based product by Johnson & Johnson, please contact Atkins & Markoff today so we can get started on your case. We will evaluate all the details of your particular case and go over your legal options with you in great detail.