Talcum Powder Lawsuits
A JURY IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI HAS AWARDED $72 MILLION TO THE FAMILY OF A PATIENT WHO DIED OF OVARIAN CANCER AFTER USING TALCUM POWDER FOR YEARS.
Is There Really a Problem With Talcum Powder?
Probably. Although there is conflicting medical research on the subject, it is becoming increasingly more likely that talc can cause ovarian cancer in women who used talc-based products such as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower to help keep their genital region dry and comfortable. The website cancer.org notes that research into this link is ongoing.
Why the Big Talcum Powder Verdict?
Dishonesty. A 1997 internal memo from a Johnson & Johnson medical consultant said “anybody who denies” the risk of using hygienic talc and ovarian cancer is “denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.” The jury found that Johnson & Johnson concealed this link from its customers and the FDA. The St. Louis jury not only found that talcum powder caused the death of a woman from ovarian cancer, but the jury also found that Johnson & Johnson was dishonest in its dealings with the public. $62 million of the verdict was in punitive damages intended to punish Johnson & Johnson and deter other companies from acting the same way.
Do I Have a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
If you or someone you know developed ovarian cancer after using talcum or baby powder, there may be a possibility of recovering from the manufacturer of the powder. The attorneys at Riley & Jackson can discuss your damages with you and make a determination as to whether a review of your medical records is warranted.