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How much do you trust the companies behind your favorite health products? Would you trust them with your life?

That’s the question on many baby powder users minds following a third verdict against Johnson & Johnson. The company insists their talc-based products are safe, yet three juries have now awarded ovarian cancer patients who say they used talcum powder for years before being diagnosed.

In this newest case, the California woman had used talcum powder on her genitals for 45 years. She blamed her ovarian cancer diagnosis on the talc, and accused he pharmaceutical giant of negligence for not properly warning consumers of the risks associated with their product. A St. Louis jury agreed and awarded her $70 million.

Johnson and Johnson plan to appeal this decision, along with two other similar decisions made earlier this year. Combined, the lawsuits have resulted in nearly $200 million in losses for the company.

Of course, the money gained in settlements like this can never make up for the deteriorating health of the victims. Anyone who has ever struggled through a cancer battle will tell you that no amount of money can make the fight worth it.

The plaintiff in this most recent courtroom battle says she was still using talcum powder even after her initial ovarian cancer diagnosis. She had no family history and wasn’t considered to be especially high risk. It wasn’t until she saw a commercial on TV warning women of the potential link between ovarian cancer and talc that she made the connection.

Because Johnson & Johnson still insist their product is safe, many of their customers have no idea the risk they might be taking on by using talcum powder each day. If you know someone who incorporates the product into their daily routine, make them aware of the allegations against Johnson & Johnson – it could save their life.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum and baby powder use on the genitals 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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Talcum Powder Cancer LawsuitsA cancer patient who used Johnson & Johnson baby powder for years has fought – and won – her case against the company. The pharmaceutical company was ordered by a judge to pay $55 million to their former customer because of the dangerous talcum used in their product. The plaintiff used their baby powder for 35 years – until she was diagnosed with cancer in 2011.

Unfortunately, that story is all too familiar. Women from all walks of life grew up believing baby powder was a hygienic option for feminine care. But scientists have found that there may indeed be a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. For decades, the scientific community has urged people to use cornstarch based powders because of the danger associated with talc. Even babies can be at risk with talc – they can aspirate the fine particles and have trouble breathing.

Even with these warnings from the scientific community, Johnson & Johnson maintains that their product is safe. They have refused to change the labels on their products to include a warning about the potential hazards associated with talc. And though the company has lost several important lawsuits pertaining to the matter, they still insist that talc is a safe option.

Because baby powder is considered a cosmetic product and not a medical one, the labeling does not undergo scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration. Without the government mandating safety warnings on cosmetics, Johnson & Johnson aren’t likely to change their labels anytime soon. But with this latest victory, we can hope the executives will change their stance.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum and baby powder use on the genitals 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

A new study has discovered a link between talc use and ovarian cancer in African-American women. Researchers found that women who used talcum powder on their genitals were at a 40 percent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer than those who did not use the product. Even women who used non-genital powder saw an increased risk of developing cancer.

Investigators say that African-American and Hispanic women in particular are targeted by talcum powder makers. A 2015 study found that 44 percent of African-American women in the Los Angeles area used the product, versus 30 percent of Caucasian women.

Another study recently found that women who regularly used talcum powder on their genitals, sanitary napkins, underwear and tampons were 33 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer than their peers who did not use the powder in such ways.

Unfortunately, African-American women are often underrepresented in many health studies. This particular research, conducted by scientists at University of Virginia, focused primarily on African-American women and their use of talc. Previous studies have linked talc use and ovarian cancer, but this most recent research confirms that African-American women should be especially cognizant of the risks.

An estimated 14,500 women die from ovarian cancer each year. Doctors first noticed a connection between talc use and ovarian cancer in the early 1980s and have been calling for warning labels on baby and talcum powder ever since.

Though less common today, many women of previous generations used talc regularly as a hygiene product. If you or someone you love has used talcum powder and developed ovarian cancer, consider reaching out to an attorney today.

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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Consumers around the world are discovering the health risks associated with talc – and they’re demanding change. Malaysia’s Consumer Association of Penang recently advocated for a recall of talcum powder and a ban on all talc-based products. This comes on the heels of a $72 million victory for the family of an ovarian cancer victim. The family’s matriarch succumbed to her illness, which jury members agreed was likely caused by baby powder.

CAP expressed concerned about talc damaging reproductive systems, but also noted the potential link between the powder and respiratory problems. Some studies have found that thousands of infants are killed, or made seriously ill, each year after inhaling baby powder.

Leading baby powder seller Johnson and Johnson is a U.S. based company whose products are used all over the world. In spite of the numerous studies confirming the link between talc and health hazards like ovarian cancer, the company has refused to list any kind of warning on its product labels. For most advocates, a warning label would be a start in addressing the issue, but ultimately, they will not be satisfied until this dangerous product is pulled from shelves completely.

As more of the world becomes aware of this link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, we’ll inevitably see more calls for bans and recalls from countries big and small. Pharmaceutical giants like Johnson and Johnson owe it to their customers to be honest about the risks associated with talc. Health and safety, above all else, should be considered when marketing such products to the general public.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum and baby powder use on the genitals 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

Talcum Powder Cancer LawsuitsJohnson & Johnson must pay $55 million to a woman who said the company’s talcum powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer. A federal jury awarded the plaintiff $5 million in compensatory as well as $50 million in punitive damages.

The verdict marks the second straight courtroom loss for the pharmaceutical giant. Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay another $72 million to the family of a victim who succumbed to ovarian cancer after using their talcum powder. The company plans to appeal both rulings.

There are another 1,200 lawsuits accusing Johnson & Johnson of failing to warn their customers of the potential dangers associated with talc.

The company stands by its product, claiming 30+ years of research shows talcum powder is safe. While the American Cancer Society claims its not clear that there’s a connection between talcum powder and cancer, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the World Health Organization) lists the substance as a possible carcinogen.

Unlike most health-related products, talcum powder is considered to be cosmetic, and therefore is not under the review of the Food and Drug Administration. Proper labels, however, are required of all substances that are potentially harmful to users.

Whether or not health organizations and researchers agree about the safety of talcum powder is not for Johnson & Johnson to decide. They owe it to their customers to be honest about the potential hazards associated with the product. A simple addition to their labels cautioning users of the risks of using talc on female genitalia could save countless lives.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum and baby powder use on the genitals 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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