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Baby Powder Company Knew of Cancer Risks

An article from the New York Times dated August 12, 1982 reveals that Johnson & Johnson knew of the potential link between talc and cancer for more than 30 years. The article centers on a study published in the medical journal Cancer the same month and year.  The study found that women who used talcum powder on their genitals were three times more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who did not.

Johnson & Johnson’s response? They called the study inconclusive, but promised to conduct “appropriate new studies” themselves. 30 years later, however, the company is in more hot water than ever battling hundreds of women who claim the talc has harmful to their health. The jury in the most recent lawsuit awarded the family of the victim $72 million for their loss – and in punitive damages for Johnson & Johnson.

Countless more studies were done after this one. Such studies confirmed what many scientists had already learned: that there is indeed a connection between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. Still, not once in the 30 years following this New York Times article did Johnson & Johnson print any kind of warning on labels of their baby powder.

Digging through the archives and finding this article just goes to show how long Johnson & Johnson had to correct the error of their ways. Yet in 2016, there is still no warning about using baby powder on genitals. One has to wonder: what will it take for J&J to add this warning? As the lawsuits continue to pile up, the company will need to make some big decisions about how it labels their product.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum and baby powder use and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.

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