Johnson & Johnson faces a new lawsuit claiming the use of its talcum powder for feminine hygiene caused ovarian cancer.
Judith Harlan claims she used the company’s baby powder regularly on her genitals for nearly 50 years, trusting the product’s label that it safe even for babies. In 2013, Judith was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, one of the most deadly forms of cancer among women.
Judith learned that in 1971 the first study emerged showing a link between talcum powder and cancer. In 1982, another study showed that women who repeatedly used talcum powder on their genitals for personal hygiene were at a 92 percent increased risk of developing the ovarian cancer. Since then, 22 other studies have been conducted drawing a strong link between the use of talc-containing products and ovarian cancer.
These studies were concern enough for the condom industry, which in 1996 stopped brushing the contraceptives with talc because of the ovarian cancer risk. Judith claims in her lawsuit that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the risks as well, but the consumer health care giant refused to warn its customers.
Judith is also suing Walgreens, saying the company negligently failed to warn its customers of the significant dangers associated with talcum powder products, and failed to advise users on how to prevent or reduce exposure.
Judith’s lawsuit is one of several that have been filed against Johnson & Johnson and other companies that make and/or sell talc-containing products. Attorneys with Beasley Allen Law Firm are currently investigating cases of ovarian cancer in women who have used these products regularly for feminine hygiene.
Source: Madison-St. Clair Record