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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.

FREE CONSULTATIONS 877-544-5323

Johnson & Johnson is a name most people recognize. After all, the company is responsible for products we use daily. From band aids to mouthwash, we’ve probably all purchased items from Johnson & Johnson at some point or another. The products are so ubiquitous, we don’t give much thought about them one way or the other. We trust the company – as well as the FDA – to protect consumer health and safety. Unfortunately, as evidenced by recent lawsuits, this trust may have been misplaced.

Johnson & Johnson has followed study after study with the same findings: talcum powder, when used for feminine hygiene, may cause ovarian cancer. This research goes back nearly forty years, yet the company never once added any kind of warning to the labels on their baby powder. In fact, J&J advocated for the use of the product for feminine hygiene with the campaign slogan “a sprinkle a day keeps odor away.”

The company recently sought out the dismissal of one lawsuit against them, filed by the family of an ovarian cancer victim. Fortunately, the judge denied the request, arguing that jurors would find plenty of reason for J&J to hide the risks associated with talc. The jurors ultimately found the company at fault, and awarded the plaintiff’s family more than $70 million in compensation.

Johnson & Johnson had many, many decades to right their wrongs. Only time – and the 1,200 and growing talcum powder lawsuits – will tell if they will ever fix their labels.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum 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.

FREE CONSULTATIONS 877-544-5323

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