Thousands of women have filed talcum powder lawsuits across the country against Johnson & Johnson alleging that the use of talcum powder leads to ovarian cancer. Women throughout the United States may have developed ovarian cancer from side effects of talcum powder. From many decades woman uses talcum powder for feminine hygiene. They dust talcum powder on undergarments and sanitary pads to keep the genital area cool and comfortable and discourage the development of vaginal odor. The product may migrate through the vagina and into the fallopian tubes, uterus and ovaries, where women may face an increased risk of ovarian cancer from talcum powder.
Recently, Australian mining giant Rio Tinto is being sued over allegations in the US by ovarian cancer sufferers that talcum powder resourced from their mines has caused ovarian cancer. In the US state of Louisiana Global healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson and Rio’s US subsidiary Rio Tinto Minerals Inc are being sued by four women with cancer and the husband of a woman who died of ovarian cancer. According to Sydney Morning Herald reports, the court documents states that the five women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer between 2011 and 2015 and were regular users of Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower which they applied on their genital area for feminine hygiene purposes.
In a list of more than 1000 cases this case is the latest one brought against Johnson & Johnson over links between its talcum powder products and ovarian cancer but this is the first time that Rio Tinto Minerals has been included in a talcum powder lawsuit over the ovarian cancer. In the month of February of this year Johnson & Johnson has already been ordered to pay out two women who won a total of $172 million compensation for damages in two separate cases launched in Missouri after juries found their use of talcum powder had led to their terminal ovarian cancer.
These new case includes Johnson & Johnson, Rio Tinto Minerals and Luzenac (its then wholly owned talc subsidiary Luzenac America). The lawsuit says the three companies failed to inform its customers and end users of its products of a known catastrophic health hazard associated with the use of its products”. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants were aware of almost 40 years of independent scientific studies which linked the use of their products to higher risk of ovarian cancer when the talc was applied in the genital area but the manufacturers decided to withheld the information as per them the risk was not significant enough to require a product warning.
Several lawsuits were filed against Johnson & Johnson related to dangerous medical products. More than a thousand legal actions are filed against Johnson & Johnson due to the potential link between cancer and talc products. The talcum powder lawsuit claims that the manufacturers failed to warn users of the increased risk of ovarian cancer caused by the talc-based products for being applied to the genital area or on sanitary napkins or condoms. Due to the negligence and not adequately warning the potential ovarian cancer, talcum powder risks by the manufacturers thousands of women throughout the United States may have developed ovarian cancer and fighting with their lives.