According to recent reports, women are increasingly limiting their use of talcum powder products such as Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower after a connection was found between the products and ovarian cancer. An increasing number of women are pursuing legal action against the manufacturers.
Research dating back to 1971 found traces of talc in ovarian and cervical tumors. And, since then, according to the New York Times, “numerous studies have linked genital talc use to ovarian cancer, including a report earlier this month that among African-American women, genital use of powder is linked with a 44 percent increased risk for invasive epithelial ovarian cancer.”
Juries have already sided with plaintiffs suing talcum powder manufacturers on two occasions, resulting in multi-million dollar damages being awarded.
The Anapol Weiss Unsafe Drugs team believes that drug companies must be held accountable when they fail to caution the public about dangerous side effects like ovarian cancer. No patient should ever be blindsided by a life-threatening illness or disability caused by an over-the-counter product.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to talcum powder and potential links to ovarian cancer, please do not hesitate to contact Anapol Weiss Shareholder Greg Spizer who is one of the leaders on our Unsafe Drugs team.