The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of Texas by the mother of a woman’s who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 43. She had been using J&J’s talcum powder for 23 years. The plaintiff alleges that Johnson & Johnson had knowledge of the ovarian cancer risk but neglected to warn consumers.
This is not the first lawsuit to be filed involving talcum power’s effects. Thousands of women in the United States have made similar claims maintaining that J&J had valuable medical information that prevented customers from knowing the dangers of using talcum powder particularly in the genital area. Those plaintiffs further claim that the use of J&J’s talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product are directly associated with ovarian cancer. J&J has denied claims that their products cause cancer and has said that no causal link exists.
However, over the last 45 years, numerous studies had revealed that women who use baby powder as a feminine product in their regular hygiene regimen are more likely to develop this debilitating disease.
Over 1,200 talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits are now pending around the country. Further allegations include that Johnson & Johnson has had knowledge of the connection between talc and ovarian cancer, but profits came before consumer safety leading to withholding of information and warnings to the public, reports Business News.