Personal Care Products Council has been dropped as a defendant in a lawsuit claiming long-term use of baby powder caused ovarian cancer. Consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson, Imerys Talc America and Walgreens remain as defendants in the case.
Judith Harlan filed a lawsuit against the companies on January 20 claiming she used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder regularly in her genital area for personal hygiene from 1964 to 2013. At age 66, she developed ovarian cancer.
Harlan says she later learned that studies dating back to 1971 had shown a link to talcum powder and cancer. A decade later, another study found a 92 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer in women who used talc-containing products on their genitals. Since then, nearly two dozen other studies have linked the use of talcum powder to ovarian cancer.
Harlan’s lawsuit says that in 1996, the condom industry stopped using talc in its products because of this risk. But Johnson & Johnson, aware of this risk, refused to warn consumers.
Harlan’s lawsuit also accuses Walgreens drug store of negligently failing to warn consumers of the risks associated with talc-containing products or advise consumers on safe use of the product in order to avoid or reduce their risk of developing cancer.
Ovarian cancer is the most deadly gynecological cancer. This year, an estimated 21,290 women will be diagnosed with the disease and about 14,180 will die from ovarian cancer.
Harlan’s lawsuit seeks a judgment of more than $400,000 plus punitive damages and other related costs.
Source: Madison St. Clair Record