What Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Latest Lawsuit Win Means for Women with Ovarian Cancer
There’s no easy way to tell a human being that they have cancer. But when their terminal illness could be linked to a product, which they thought that they could trust, it’s, certainly, a lose-lose situation. That’s what has been happening between Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder and the many women, who, sadly, have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
According to Reuters, Johnson & Johnson said, last Friday, that a state court in Missouri returned a verdict in its favor, in the latest of four trials involving talc-based products. This result came after three consecutive wins for plaintiffs, totaling $195 million.
At this point, some women reading the news about J&J’s trial win might be confused, some angry, and others even scared. Some might even think that now they don’t have a case. We’ll get to that.
But first, let’s try to explain what is the talcum powder matter at hand.
According to researchers, when talc powder is applied to the genital area, it could enter a woman’s reproductive tract, through the vagina, and make its way to the ovaries. There have been several studies, in the last 30 years, linking talc powder to ovarian cancer. In 1993, the United States National Toxicology Program concluded that talc was a carcinogen. In 1996, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), made a request to the condom industry to stop dusting its products with talc.
More recently, the FDA Office of Women’s Health (OWH) announced on its website that it will award research grants for 1 – 2 year studies to address ovarian cancer risk from talc use in cosmetics.
“This proposed research will help to fill some of the existing data gaps, in the molecular and genetic events associated with early ovarian oncogenesis, as these are largely unknown. Specifically, the association of such oncogenesis, with respect to exposure to a cosmetic ingredient used by women (talc), is of particular interest to women’s health,” said the FDA.
The legal conundrum arises from evidence that Johnson and Johnson has known about these studies. Yet the company continued to promote its talc-based products, aggressively, with language that implied that those were safe for regular use. In other words, Johnson & Johnson has been prioritizing the company’s financial gains, over the health of its consumers.
Although Johnson & Johnson had a choice to change its products’ base ingredient, they decided not to do so, profit from sales of talcum powder, specifically. Moreover, Johnson & Johnson has been linked to the TIPTF trade group, which includes talc companies that are, obviously, keen to promote talc products.
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and you fear that it’s linked to the use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder, read on!
There have been more than 2,500 product liability lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson, so far. If you’re filing a claim with a talcum powder lawyer, your case could be assessed individually, or as part of a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). In simple terms, your individual claim can be added to the claims of many other women, who have filed theirs against the same company, for the same case. No matter where you are, in the United States, your claim can be filed under one, nationwide MDL.
As you have seen, in spite of Johnson & Johnson’s latest trial win, there are thousands of women making their voices heard to make Johnson & Johnson accountable for their negligence and shameless, aggressive promotion of talcum powder for regular use. Even after knowing that some studies have linked their talc-based products to ovarian cancer.
It’s always important to remember that, when it comes to product liability lawsuits, these cases can take some time, as they’re complex and require compelling evidence. When genetic research is involved, even more so. But that shouldn’t deter those, who have suffered from making a righteous claim. If big business is responsible for damages and losses, those negligent companies should be held accountable; especially, in cases of dangerous products threatening public health.
Rest assured that, if you need legal advice regarding a potential talcum powder case, Wilshire Law Firm is here to help. Our attorneys offer free consultations, and you’re under no obligation to retain our services. Our main goal is to keep you informed about your rights and legal options. But above all, we’re here to offer you a helping hand, during this difficult time.