Thousands of woman are seeking compensation from top consumer health company, Johnson & Johnson. The recent media attention and litigation surrounding the link between extended use of the company’s baby powder and/or other shower fresh powders containing talc and ovarian cancer is the cause of the controversy. Women have been using these products for decades, and it has come to light that the talc-based powders that families are encouraged to use on their babies can turn deadly when used as feminine hygiene products.
Products like baby powder and shower fresh powders are not regulated by the FDA. They are categorized as cosmetic and only carry warning labels that deter inhalation and remind consumers they are for external use only. In the recent litigation surrounding the use of these products, traces of talc were found in the ovaries that were removed from victims during their cancer treatment regimens. While the powders were applied externally to the vaginal area, they were still able to enter the reproductive tracts and deposit talc particles in the ovarian tissue. Litigators linked these deposits to the ovarian cancer diagnosis.
This linkage has led to some sizable settlements. In the first few cases that have been tried regarding the use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based powders, two victims and/or families have seen jurors return with large sums for both compensatory and punitive damages. Juries are finding the company’s increased marketing toward women and lack of proper warnings causal in leading to a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. These groundbreaking cases are surely the first in a series of more settlements to come.
February 2016– A $72 million settlement was awarded to the family of a 59-year-old Alabama woman who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. Ms. Fox had sprinkled the powder in her underwear as part of a feminine care regimen since she was a teenager. Fox was diagnosed with advanced stage ovarian cancer in the spring of 2013. After a series of treatments including chemotherapy, a hysterectomy, and other surgeries, Fox died from the disease in October of 2015.
May 2016– Jurors in St. Louis awarded $55 million to a woman from South Dakota who used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based powder and developed ovarian cancer. The 62-year-old woman was diagnosed in 2011 after using the product for over 40 years. After a course of treatment which included a hysterectomy, she is currently in remission.
When health company products are marketed and sold with improper and/or absent warnings about grave potential health risks, companies must be held accountable when deadly side effects develop. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based powders as feminine hygiene products, the Fitch Law Firm can help in obtaining the justice you deserve. Contact our compassionate and experienced team today at (855) 529-6446 and take the first step toward receiving your rightful compensations.