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Safety issues with Johnson & Johnson OTC medicines, baby products

For more than a century, Johnson & Johnson has grown to become a household name for consumer health care products. Among its most well-known consumer products are the over-the-counter (OTC) products like Band-Aid Brand line of bandages, Tylenol painkillers, and Johnson’s baby products. But in recent years, the trustworthiness of the company’s products has come into question with multiple recalls and safety concerns. Here are some Johnson & Johnson consumer products that have raised red flags – and sparked lawsuits: 2010 Recall of OTC Children’s Medicines Johnson & Johnson manufactures a variety of over-the-counter medicines for children and adults. In 2010, the ... Read More

Talc linked to increased risk of lung diseases, ovarian cancer

Manufacturers of talcum powder products have convinced consumers that their body and baby powders are safe even for infants. However, national health agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Cancer Society, acknowledge there are safety concerns related to talc. Talc is a naturally occurring mineral that contains elements such as magnesium, silicon and oxygen. It can also contain asbestos, though many manufacturers claim that their talc-containing products do not contain detectable amounts of the carcinogen. Regardless, talcum powder has been linked to serious health problems including an inflammation in the lungs known as talcosis, mesothelioma, and ... Read More

Ovarian cancer victim sues Johnson and Johnson, Walgreens

An Illinois woman is suing consumer health care products giant Johnson & Johnson and the retailer Walgreens claiming the companies knowingly promoted dangerous use of talcum power, which caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Candace Lewis claims that she used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing products on her genitals for personal hygiene based on the company’s advertising encouraging women to “dust themselves with this product to mask odors,” from 1981 to 2014, in Illinois, Arkansas, Georgia, and Virginia. In 2013, at the age of 49, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 1982, a study linked the use of talcum powder ... Read More

Ovarian cancer is the ‘disease that whispers’

Ovarian cancer was once considered a silent killer because it is often not detected until it has spread to other areas of the body, making it more difficult to treat. But medical experts say it should be considered more of a “disease that whispers,” since many women do exhibit symptoms before the cancer spreads. Recognizing those symptoms can be lifesaving. Unlike other female cancers, such as those of the breast, uterine and cervix, there are no screenings for early detection of ovarian cancer. Thus, only about 20 percent are diagnosed early. If treated early, a woman’s odds of five-year survival ... Read More

Embarrassment, stigma with gynecological cancers prevents some women from seeking help

Misinformation about the causes and symptoms of gynecological cancers are creating a stigma around the diseases that could cost some women their lives, says The Eve Appeal, a women’s cancer charity in the United Kingdom. The charity commissioned an online poll of 1,000 women and learned that a quarter of the women did not want to talk to their general practitioner about gynecological problems because they did not want to talk about their sexual history. One in five women surveyed believed that cancers of the uterus, ovaries, cervix, vulva and vagina were linked to sexual promiscuity, and nearly half felt ... Read More

Carcinogenic mineral found in crayons, play fingerprinting kits

Some children’s crayons sold in the United States and decorated with characters like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers and Mickey Mouse, and children’s crime labs contain carcinogenic fibers presumably from the use of asbestos-contaminated talc, according to a report released by the Environmental Working Group Action Fund. The crayons and fingerprinting kits were manufactured in China and sold in U.S. stores including Toys “R” Us and Dollar Tree. According to the report, this is the third time in 15 years asbestos has been found in crayons or fingerprinting kits marketed to children. Asbestos is actually a fibrous version of one ... Read More

FDA grants orphan drug status to ovarian cancer treatment

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation (ODD) to Insys Therapeutics’ Liposomal Encapsulated Paclitaxel (LEP) for the treatment of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is a devastating and difficult-to-treat disease with limited treatment options. LEP works by entrapping the paclitaxel with liposomes. “We believe our LEP-ETU formational could potentially have reduced toxicity, while maintaining or enhancing efficacy of the cancer-fighting paclitaxel,” said Michael L. Babich, president and chief executive officer for Insys Therapeutics. “We are currently evaluating next steps with respect to this drug product candidate.” Orphan drug designation is granted by the FDA Office of Orphan ... Read More

New lawsuit claims baby powder for personal hygiene caused ovarian cancer

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 ... Read More

Study links regular use of talcum powder to ovarian cancer

An analysis of data from eight different studies has drawn a definite link between the use of talcum powder in the genital area to an increased risk of ovarian cancer, according to Science World Report. The study, conducted by researchers with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, compared a group of 8,525 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer to 9,800 women who had no history of ovarian cancer. They found that women who regularly applied talcum powder to their genitals for personal hygiene had a 24 percent increased risk of ovarian ... Read More

The Doctors warn women of ovarian cancer risk with talcum powder products

Physicians on The Doctors talk show are warning women that using talcum powder products in the genital area for personal hygiene can increase a woman’s chances of developing ovarian cancer. This week, The Doctors introduced Deane, who won the first major lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claiming the company knew of the risks associated with its baby powder and Shower to Shower body powder but failed to warn consumers of the risks. Deane said when she was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she searched for some understanding about how she could have developed the disease. “I had no family history. ... Read More