Talcum Powder

Pope McGlamry is currently representing women who have developed ovarian cancer following application of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder products to the genital area. For years, studies have repeatedly shown that talc powder can cause inflammation of ovarian tissue when applied to a woman’s private parts. Now women are coming forward to call out the pharmaceutical giant through litigation.

Talcum Powder Causes Ovarian Cancer

Certain brands of Johnson & Johnson’s powder products, including Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower and Baby Magic Powder, contain a mineral called Talc. Scientific studies dating back to 1971 have repeatedly shown that talc-based powder, when applied to the pubic area, can migrate to the ovaries and cause inflammation of the surrounding ovarian tissue. This inflamed tissue, in turn, can lead to the development of cancerous tumors.  To date, over 1,200 lawsuits have been filed in Missouri and New Jersey courthouses on behalf of women who developed ovarian cancer following the use of talc-based powder products.

Talcum Powder Lawsuits

During the early part of 2016, juries awarded large verdicts to two women who had regularly used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based powder products and subsequently developed ovarian cancer.

Gloria Ristesund v. Johnson & Johnson

On May 2, 2016, a Missouri state court jury awarded Gloria Ristesund $55 million after she developed ovarian cancer following regular use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based powder products. That verdict consisted of $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.

Jacqueline Fox v. Johnson & Johnson

Several months earlier in, February 2016, another Missouri state court jury awarded the family of Jacqueline Fox $72 million in compensation following her death from ovarian cancer after regularly using Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based powder products. That verdict consisted of $10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in punitive damages.

Talcum Powder Studies

Scientists and manufacturers have known of the link between talc-based powders and ovarian cancer for over 40 years. In 1971, scientists in Wales published the results of a study in which they found talc particles contained within cancerous ovarian tumors they had examined. A subsequent 1982 scientific study found that women regularly using talc-based powder products were at a 92% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. More recently, a 2013 scientific study of 20,000 women found that those using talc-based powder products were as much as 30% more likely to develop ovarian cancer than those who did not. Another 2008 study found that women who used talc-based powder products weekly were at a 33% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer and that women who used these powder products daily were at a 41% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.   While the statistics from these scientific studies vary, the results highlight the undeniable fact that the evidence supports a causal connection between the use of talc-based powder and ovarian cancer.

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If you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer following the use of talcum-based baby powder, please contact Pope McGlamry at 877.285.7656 or submit a case evaluation online to schedule a complimentary legal consultation.

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