On May 19, 2020, Johnson & Johnson announced it is permanently discontinuing sales of its talc-based baby power in North America. Existing bottles on store shelves will continue to be sold until they run out. The company will continue to sell its talc-based products in other countries around the world but will no longer sell its talcum powder in the United States and Canada.
Talc based products like baby powder have been marketed to women for decades as a way to help keep their genital area ‘fresh and comfortable’. In recent years however, numerous studies havelinked this practice to an increased incidence of ovarian cancer development. As the number of lawsuits against manufacturers increases, Baron & Budd is stepping in on behalf of those affected and their loved ones.
If you, or a loved one, was diagnosed with this devastating form of cancer and made use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes we may be able to help. To schedule a free consultation, please call us at or contact us here online via our simple, confidential contact form.
What is Talcum Powder?
As the name suggests, the primary ingredient in talcum powder is talc. This is a substance comprised of oxygen molecules, silicon and magnesium. This combination produces a powder that helps absorb excess moisture and prevents skin chafing, the reason that so many people make use of it to keep their skin dry and rash free.
The Research is In
The fight against cancer is a long and difficult one that is ongoing to this day. Part of that research is efforts to discover what may contribute to a certain cancer’s development. In the case of ovarian cancer, which can be particularly aggressive but hard to diagnose in the earliest stages, many suspicious substances have been researched extensively, both in animals and humans.
Numerous studies have been conducted into a possible link between the use of talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product and ovarian cancer. As a result, an increasing body of research is establishing a causal link, including a prestigious Harvard Medical Study undertaken by Dr. Daniel Cramer over the course of more than thirty years. In addition, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is a part of the World Health Organization, now classifies the use of talcum powder in the genital area as a possible carcinogen.
Talcum Powder Legal Action
There are now more than 3,500 lawsuits pending against the particular manufacturer of the specific talcum powder linked to the development of ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson.
This verdict has been reversed on appeal. Please let me know if you would like additional info on litigation history.
How We May be Able to Help
In addition to the claims that were found to be valid in Michigan, others are making different, but equally serious claims, against Johnson & Johnson. These claims include:
- Violation of the Unfair Competition Law
- Violation of consumers legal remedies
- Breach of implied warranty
As research continues, mounting evidence suggests a link between an increased risk of ovarian cancer and the use of talc-based products for feminine hygiene purposes. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after such long-term use, we may be able to help. To discuss your case, and possible legal recourses, we offer a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. To schedule an appointment, or to learn more, simply complete our online contact form or call us toll free at #.