Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder has been implicated in hundreds of cases of ovarian cancer in women. Many women have used talcum powder for decades for feminine hygiene believing in the safety of the powder. Johnson & Johnson markets the product for “freshness” and “comfort”. Many publications suggest that use of the powder in the vaginal area would mask odors and absorb excess wetness.
Women were not told of a medical study in 1982 that found a 92% increase in ovarian cancer in women who reported genital talc use. There had been a prior study that recommended this connection back in 1971. Since the 1982 study by Dr. Daniel Cramer there have been 27 studies on the connection between Talcum powder and ovarian cancer and most of them have confirmed the relationship. There are many no-obligation consultations for women and families nationwide who believe they may have grounds for a talcumpowdercancerlawsuit.
Johnson & Johnson internal documents gathered in the lawsuits reveal the Company knew years ago that “Retrospective studies have implicated talc use in the vaginal area with the number of ovarian cancer”.
In 1993, The United States National Toxicology Program concluded that talc was a carcinogen. And in 1996, the condom industry stopped dusting condoms with talc at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This was the primary result of the scientific concern about the ovarian cancer risk from vaginal exposure to talc.
In spite of this overwhelming evidence that Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder was causing ovarian cancer, it continued to aggressively market the powder and failed to warn women of the increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Johnson & Johnson put the companies own gains from sales ahead of the health of its consumers by proceeding to promote the talcum powder and concealing the cancer risk.Currently representing more than 1,200 talcum powder cancer plaintiffs nationwide, our attorneys are the leading experts in talcum powder litigation.
Johnson & Johnson should have changed to the product to a corn starch powder which works just as well as talc. They did not do so because from a sales prospect customers were so used to “talcum powder” that the company feared the loss of sales. Johnson & Johnson was also part of a business group named Talc Interested Party Task Force (TIPTF).
This group included groups such as IMERYS Talc that sold talc and had a vested interest in continuing to market talc baby powder.You can also click here to know more about cancer lawsuits.
These companies created and pooled resources to defend talc and create false science to counter the objective academic scientific studies done by Cramer and others. They understood the playbook of the Tobacco industry in trying to attack the science against their products and hiring lobbyists to prevent any government regulation.