Johnson & Johnson has lost more than $5 billion for legal settlements over its drugs and medical devices. In a federal court of Missouri more than hundreds of talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits continue to move toward trial in a consolidated litigation currently underway. On June 20, 2016 in the Missouri Circuit Court for St. Louis City an order issued by a judge to change the trial starting date of February 21, 2017 to February 6, 2017 .This centralized litigation involves six plaintiffs who claim that their regular, repeated use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based powders contributed to the development of ovarian cancer. The litigation claims that manufacturers failed to warn users of the increased risk of ovarian cancer caused by using talc-based products for personal hygiene use
In addition to the Missouri cases, nearly 200 claims have been centralized in a multicounty litigation now underway in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. The lawsuits claim that manufacturers of talcum powder provided insufficient warnings about the severe risk associated with the talc and they withheld information about the link between talc and ovarian cancer. Several investigations on talc increase the medical evidence which suggest Women should not use talcum powder as an intimate hygiene powder because of its link to ovarian cancer. The more often a woman uses it on her genital area, the more likely she will experience ovarian cancer.
Thousands of women have filed 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.
According to the Statistic Brain Research Group, baby powder is estimated to be an $18.8 million market in the U.S. Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Powder is one of the most popular products containing talcum powder. The prime ingredient in baby powder is a mined mineral that is produced by the mining of talc rocks and then processed by crushing, drying and milling. The processing reduces a number of trace minerals from the talc, but does not separate minute fibers which are very similar to asbestos and can cause mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, some scientists believe that prolonged use of talcum products has been associated with inflammation in the ovarian tissues, which is thought to contribute to tumor formation and can cause ovarian cancer.