NEW YORK – A U.S. court has ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay over $110 million to a woman who developed ovarian cancer while using the company’s talc products.
Lois Slemp, 62, claimed she used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based powders for over 40 years before she was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Slemp is currently receiving chemotherapy after the cancer returned and spread to other organs.
According to court documents, the pharmaceutical company failed to warn customers about the risks associated with using talc-based powders, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder.
Last year, three separate jury verdicts determined that J&J was negligent in providing adequate warnings about the risks of talc powders. Despite these verdicts, the company continues to defend its Baby Powder, claiming it is safe.
IS TALCUM POWDER SAFE?
Several medical and lab studies have determined that talcum powder can cause ovarian cancer if the powder, which is generally applied to the genital area, reaches the ovaries. Findings have been mixed, but some research has found an increased risk in women who regularly use talc-based products.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified talc as “possibly carcinogenic” due to the mixed research conclusions.
In its natural form, talc contains microscopic fibers known as asbestos, which is cancerous. However, most talc-based products are asbestos-free.
WHAT CAN I DO IF I HAVE OVARIAN CANCER?
Women who have been using talcum powder products in their hygiene routines may be able to link the use of talc-based products like Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder to ovarian cancer. Many talcum powder lawsuits have resulted in significant jury verdicts for compensatory damages and punitive damages.
In some cases, talcum powder attorneys have obtained millions of dollars for their clients following a successful talcum powder lawsuit.
The talcum powder lawyers at Cellino & Barnes are former doctors and highly-trained professionals who understand how pharmaceutical products can affect an individual. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, contact an experienced talcum powder lawyer for a FREE case evaluation.
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