Many women (and men) use over-the-counter talcum powder products for personal hygiene. Dating back to the 1970s, researchers have suggested a connection between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Since then, more than twenty epidemiological studies have been conducted which demonstrate that talcum powder is associated with ovarian cancer.
Popular talcum powder products include Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower.
In June 2013, researchers from Brigham & Women’s Hospital conducted a meta-analysis which demonstrated that women who used talcum powder products were at a 20-30% increased risk of suffering ovarian cancer than non-users.
Despite these studies, neither Johnson & Johnson nor the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ever warned American women of the risks of talcum powder causing ovarian cancer.
Despite the fact that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that regular baby powder application leads to higher rates of ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson continues to deny the risk.
Talcum Powder Litigation Update
Lawsuits involving talcum powder and ovarian cancer have been filed in courts around the country.
In the nation’s first talcum powder ovarian cancer trial in 2013, a South Dakota jury found that talcum contained in Johnson & Johnson’s Shower-to-Shower contributed to causing a woman’s ovarian cancer. The jury also found that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers of the link between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
A talcum powder case involving sixty-two women from various states is currently pending in Circuit Court in St. Louis, Missouri. The case is currently progressing towards trial. In April 2015, a jury trial was scheduled to begin in the case on December 14, 2015.
Additional talcum powder cases have been filed in federal court in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and in Madison County Circuit Court in Madison County, Illinois.
If you or a loved one used over-the-counter talcum powder and developed ovarian cancer, you may be entitled to pursue a claim against the manufacturers for damages. For a free and confidential case evaluation, please call our office toll-free at (888) 747-5342 or complete our online contact form and we will promptly respond to your inquiry.