What is more wholesome and innocent then the feel and fragrance of baby powder? What can else keep a woman feeling fresh like Shower to Shower? What do these two products, baby powder and Shower to Shower have in common? They are both made from talcum powder and their use can force a required hysterectomy or even result in death from ovarian cancer.
Talcum powder has been used for keeping skin dry and odor free as well as preventing rash and chafing since first being introduced in 1893 by Johnson & Johnson as Johnsons Baby Powder. In 1971 the first link between the product and ovarian cancer was discovered in a study. Johnson & Johnson was made aware of the risks in 1982 or earlier. They allegedly received recommendations from researchers that a warning label be placed on talc products regarding the risk of ovarian cancer. Instead Johnson & Johnson went forward with marketing a product called Shower to Shower. It was another talc based product but this time marketed specifically to women to maintain freshness as part of a regular personal hygiene campaign. Women were encouraged to use it a part of their feminine hygiene routine.
The Risks of Ovarian Cancer
It was discovered in the 1971 study that malignant tumors removed from the ovaries of women showed that the majority had quantities of talc imbedded within. This supported the suspected correlation between the talcum powder products and the disease. Despite this information being made public and allegedly known to Johnson and Johnson, the Shower to Shower product is still being marketed to women today for personal hygiene to reduce odors of the vaginal and perineal areas. It is believed that the powder can travel though the vagina into the uterus and into fallopian tubes. Most of the additional 21 studies have concluded that a woman using Shower to Shower or other talcum powder products develops an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer of 33 percent over women who do not use the products. The risk in one study done in 1982 was 92 percent greater among women using the products during ovulation.
Litigation Against Johnson & Johnson
Johnson and Johnson is currently facing litigation in courts across the country alleging that they failed to warn women of the ovarian cancer risks associated with the use of talcum powder based products. In one notable case, a jury found in 2013 that Johnson & Johnson was negligent in not warning women about the risks of ovarian cancer development. The plaintiff in that case developed ovarian cancer after using the talc based products for 30 years. It was alleged that Johnson & Johnson knew of the risks as early as 1982. Despite recommendations from researchers that a warning should be issued, the company moved forward without it. To this day the products are still being marketed to women without any warning label.
Current Class Action Suit
In addition to individual cases, a class action suit has been filed against Johnson & Johnson. This suit alleges that the company failed to issue adequate warnings to women regarding the risk of ovarian cancer associated with talcum powder products. However, in the class action suit, the only compensation being sought is a refund for the money spent by women on the products regardless of whether or not they developed ovarian cancer. Joining this class action lawsuit will not provide any compensation over and above the cost of the products.
Help for Victims of Talc Related Ovarian Cancer
Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA is currently seeking women who have developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower to Shower. If you or a loved one has developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder based products from Johnson & Johnson, our attorneys would like to speak with you. There may be compensation available for medical bills, loss of income, emotional and physical pain and suffering and possible punitive damages. It costs absolutely nothing to speak with a product liability lawyer for an evaluation of your case. Do not wait as statutes of limitation apply. Time for you to file your case is running out.
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