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Should Johnson & Johnson Be Allowed to Sell Talcum Powder?

Should Johnson & Johnson Be Allowed to Sell Talcum Powder?

With the recent St. Louis verdicts against Johnson & Johnson agreeing that the use of talcum powder causes ovarian cancer, many people believe that the product should not be allowed to be sold. In February, a St. Louis jury awarded $72 million to a family whose wife and mother lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Experts testified that the cancer was due to using Johnson & Johnson’s powder on her genitals. Thousands of women have used the talcum powder as part of their daily hygiene routine. Another plaintiff received a $55 million verdict for her cancer lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in May.

Talcum is a mineral when in powder absorbs moisture. Tragically, when the powder is inhaled it can attach to an individual’s lungs, and they could develop cancer. However, the recent cases are exposing that talcum powder used on a woman’s genitals can lead to ovarian cancer. The powder is being used on female genitals resulting in particles traveling up the vagina and attaching to the ovaries. Years after use, ovarian cancer can develop.

Evidence has revealed that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the risks of using talcum powder and that it could likely cause ovarian cancer. Ignoring the risks and failing to inform consumers is a direct result of the negligence of Johnson & Johnson. Any company that produces consumer goods that could be dangerous or have known risks are required to warn their customers. Failing to do so is grounds for a product liability lawsuit.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, it is important to contact the personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC. Our office is located in downtown St. Louis where the two recent verdicts occurred. We have handled numerous product liability cases and will fight to hold any corporation responsible for their negligence. Contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation.


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