A jury in Missouri recently endured a three-week long trial over claims that Johnson & Johnson talcum powder causes cancer. The family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer was awarded $72 million by the court, an enormous win.
According to BBC News, the family argued that the Alabama woman died of ovarian cancer that was directly caused by Johnson & Johnson talcum powder. They say the woman used the powder regularly for decades until her death at age 62. The family was adamant that the pharmaceutical company should be held liable for failure to warn consumers of the potential cancer risks.
Is Talcum Powder Dangerous?
The fear behind talc stem, the chief ingredient in talcum powder, is that it is a natural mineral found in the same places normally occupied by asbestos, a well-known carcinogen. Since the 1970s, products that use talcum powder, such as makeups and baby powders, are required to be 100 percent asbestos-free.
However, scientists say that talcum powder bears a chemical similarity with asbestos, meaning there has long been a fear that talcum powder may too be a carcinogen. A number of studies have been done over the years to determine if talcum powder is linked with certain forms of cancer. Some of those studies have found talcum use can moderately increase the risk of cancer, but the results still remain highly contested.
Johnson & Johnson Product Liability
Even if there is not conclusive evidence that talcum powder is linked to cancer, Johnson & Johnson, as well as other manufacturers, should have warned consumers of the potential risks. Failure to warn is a serious offense and could lead to injury, illness and even death.
Companies have a responsibility to make their customers aware of potentially harmful products. Failure to warn people about dangerous chemicals could open the door to product liability lawsuits.
The product liability lawyers at Targan & Pender P.C. fight on behalf of individuals in Cape May, Atlantic City, Egg Harbor and the surrounding area harmed by defective drugs and other defective products.