Five manufacturers of talcum powder are being sued by the estate of Janice Chakalos, a longtime user of talc-containing products, claiming the products caused her to develop ovarian cancer, which took her life in 2012 at the age of 63.
Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, Imerys Talc, Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Chattem are named in the lawsuit. Chakalos allegedly used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, which was produced by Johnson & Johnson but recently sold to Valeant, and Gold Bond, which is made by Chattem. Chattem was acquired by Sanofi in 2010. Imerys mined the talc used in the products named in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed by Chakalos’ husband, claims his wife used talcum powder on her genitals for personal hygiene since childhood, but was never aware that 21 different studies dating back to 1982 had linked use of talcum powder in the genital area to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Researchers have established that particles similar to talc can travel from outside the genital area, through the uterus, up the fallopian tubes to the ovaries where it can create a hotbed for cancerous growths. Talc is known to contain asbestos, a known carcinogen.
Earlier this year a women successfully sued Johnson & Johnson claiming regular use of the company’s Shower to Shower body powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer.
Chakalos’ lawsuit claims failure to warn, defective design, negligence, breach of express and implied warranty, civil conspiracy, concert of action, gross negligence, negligent misrepresentation, wrongful death, and loss of consortium. Both compensatory and punitive damages are being sought.
Source: NJ Law Journal