Johnson and Johnson ordered to pay $55 million in talcum powder case

Johnson’s baby powder has been used in many families for decades, so finding out that it can cause ovarian cancer

Johnson’s baby powder has been used in many families for decades, so finding out that it can cause ovarian cancer if applied to the genital area is highly concerning.

A trial has found Johnson and Johnson guilty of selling a product that they knew could potentially cause cancer if used for feminine hygiene.

The company was ordered by a U.S. jury on Monday to pay $55 million to a woman who said that using the company’s talc-powder products caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

But this isn’t the first time this has happened: back in February, Johnson & Johnson were ordered to pay $72 million to the family of a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer from using the popular brand’s talcum powder.

That’s not all: they’re facing about 1,200 lawsuits that accuse them of not adequately warning consumers about talc-based products’ cancer risks, reports Reuters.

J&J spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said the verdict contradicted 30 years of research supporting the safety of cosmetic talc. The company intends to appeal and will keep defending its products’ safety, she said.

Plaintiff Gloria Ristesund said she used J&J’s talc-based powder products on her genitals for decades. According to her lawyers, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had to undergo a hysterectomy and related surgeries.

The ongoing cases have accused J&J of failing for years to warn that talc was linked to an increased risk for ovarian cancer despite their knowledge.

The Wall Street Journal reports Mark Lanier, a Houston lawyer who is representing some of the plaintiffs, said company documents dating to the 1970s show J&J was concerned about an association between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.

“If J&J believed it might cause cancer, then J&J had an absolute moral obligation to warn people,” Mr. Lanier said.

Tell us, have you stopped using baby powder? Or do you think the case is nothing to worry about?

  1. Diana  

    I am one of those women – always used lots of baby powder and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006 – reoccured in 2012. I am sure the two are linked.
    How can I get my life back?

  2. Kathleen  

    Too damn ‘tight’ to buy the TALC free powder that’s made for female genital area?
    It’s called ‘Femfresh’.

    Has been available for many decades. Buy at any Supermarket, in ‘feminine hygiene’ aisle.

  3. Glenda  

    So many of us used baby powder on our children at bath time and nappy change times and our mums on us and of course our selves the theory it may cause Ovarian cancer has been acknowledge by most for many years now and l hope no longer used!! One can only hope we are safe but we wont know till and if it happens to us ! Pray God it is not a cause on its own. And pray for those who already have Ovarian cancer, and support Ovarian cancer fundraisers so funding for more research on Ovarian cancer can happen. Thinking and praying for you Diana.

  4. Heather  

    My Mother died a couple of years back of Ovarian Cancer and she did use this powder for years… Didn’t put two and two together until this recently came to light. No one knew then.. .Mum use it on us as babies . What will be effected on all of us from that era be later down the track……??? You can get your Ovarian’s checked in NZ here, cost about $250..Get a recommended through your Doctor.

  5. It is not the first time this company has been taken to the cleaners. This class action follows several against the medical giant over the last three years, all relating to Johnson and Johnson’s joint replacement systems. While some of the pelvic-floor products used on the women have been discontinued, others are still available.
    Many of the drug companies have been sued for falsifying research results. Merck falsified MMR vaccine results. 35000 Vioxx lawsuits were settled for nearly $6 billion
    GlaxoSmithkline settled for $3 billion for Off-label promotion, failure to disclose safety data.
    Civil: paying kickbacks to physicians, making false and misleading statements concerning the safety of Avandia, reporting false best prices and underpaying rebates owed under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program
    Johnson & Johnson (again)settled for $2.2 billion for Off-label promotion/kickbacks.
    GlaxoSmithKline $750 million Poor manufacturing practices
    AstraZeneca[ $355 million Medicare fraud
    The US Supreme Court actually made a ruling on lawsuits against drug companies… From now on, 80 percent of all drugs are exempt from legal liability.
    The issue here is that there is NO disease CAUSED by a lack of drugs.
    In Australia 18 000 people a year are killed by the medical system. (This infamous figure of 18,000 deaths per year was released in Federal Parliament by Minister for Health the Honorable Carmen Lawrence then published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 1995.)
    The report quotes;
    7,900,000 admissions
    4.9% deaths = 387,100
    51% preventable = 
    19,742 preventable deaths by medical ‘adverse effects.
    The following quotes are direct from  ‘The Quality in Australian Health Care Study’
    This study reports a major retrospective clinical review of 14,179 admissions to a representative sample of Australian hospitals in 1992; 16.6% (2353) were associated with an AE, of which 51% had high preventability.
    Want to stay healthy? Stay away from the medical system and eat your vegies

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