Just like the banking giant Wells Fargo, Johnson & Johnson is another household brand name coming under fire recently. The company’s talcum powder has been identified as a potential cause of ovarian cancer in women, and victims and their lawyers aren’t stopping until justice has been served.
A Bit About Talcum Powder
Talcum powder is often known as baby powder. It’s made from talc, a mineral composed of magnesium, oxygen, and silicon. Use of talcum powder stems from its ability to absorb moisture and cut down on friction, which makes it perfect for keeping skin dry and preventing rashes. Women commonly use talcum powder to dust their genital region, and it’s common to sprinkle on babies during diaper changes.
Research Regarding Talcum Powder and Cancer
It has long been known that talcum powder should not be directly inhaled since it can damage the lungs, but scientific proof regarding the link between talcum powder and cancer is now beginning to surface. It is now believed that talc-based powders used over long periods of time by women in the genital region are associated with ovarian cancer.
Johnson & Johnson’s Legal Battles
Johnson & Johnson faced two class-action lawsuits in 2014, both of which claimed that the company should have provided a warning to women about the potential for ovarian cancer linked to product usage. The lawsuits arose after Deane Berg of South Dakota, a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, won a legal claim that Johnson & Johnson was negligent for not warning her that Baby Powder would place her at a greater risk for developing ovarian cancer.
Overall, about 1,800 cases have been filed in St. Louis against Johnson & Johnson for its talcum powder, and despite appealing the suits it has lost, the company is in trouble. Now Johnson & Johnson prepares for another similar lawsuit and another potential multi-million dollar verdict. Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, California is preparing to testify that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 after using J&J talcum powder for years.
Attorneys on both sides are releasing statements ahead of the trial and hoping for a win. In the words of Giannecchini’s lawyer, “Ovarian cancer is obviously a very deadly disease, a very painful and tortuous death unfortunately. It’s sad that these women have to needlessly suffer like this, simply because Johnson and Johnson wasn’t willing to put a warning on the label.”