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Is Talc Safe? Manufacturers Say Yes, But Juries Disagree

Serious questions have been raised about the safety of talc. The latest scientific research strongly suggests a link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer.

If you believe that you or a family member has been a victim of talc-related ovarian cancer, you need to contact an experienced drug and product injury lawyer at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP as soon as possible. Our lawyers can comprehensively review your case and help you determine what to do next.

Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer: Recent Developments

Bloomberg recently reported that Johnson & Johnson, the nation’s largest manufacturer of talc products, is currently facing over 1,000 talc-related lawsuits. The lawsuits accuse the conglomerate of ignoring years of research that found that their talc products were dangerous.

Specifically, talc products are dangerous for women. This is extremely concerning because women are the primary users of talc products. Earlier this year, a South Dakota woman was awarded $55 million in a talcum powder-related ovarian cancer lawsuit. This followed a nearly $75 million verdict that was awarded in late 2015.

Both awards included substantial compensation for punitive damages. Jurors deemed punitive damages appropriate because of the company’s failure to warn consumers about the increased ovarian cancer risk.

Several juries have now concluded that the company was well aware of the studies that showed a link between talc use and ovarian cancer. The first studies showing this link were actually conducted in the early 1970s. Yet, the public is only recently learning about this issue. In fact, many consumers are still totally unaware that it is possible to get cancer from talcum powder.

Manufacturers must do more to product consumers. Companies have a legal obligation to properly warn users of risks and to keep unreasonably dangerous products off the market. Women need to be protected from the dangerous talc-related products that are linked to ovarian cancer.

African American Women Face Higher Risks

According to a recent study published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, African American women in particular face the highest talc-related ovarian cancer risks. In that study, researchers found that African American women who regularly used talcum powder had a more than 30 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer when compared to the control group. The increased ovarian cancer risk rose to more than 40 percent in African American women who regularly applied talcum powder to their genitals.

This study mirrors findings in early studies. Further, and disturbingly, researchers noted that African American women were heavily targeted by talcum powder marketers. Reuters reported that Johnson & Johnson has sought to increase talcum powder’s weak sales by targeting minority communities.

Do You Need Legal Assistance with a Dangerous Product Claim?

The drug and product injury lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP have the experience needed to help you with a talc lawsuit. We have protected the rights and interests of thousands of injury victims. Please do not hesitate to contact our office today to schedule a free initial injury consultation. Our lawyers serve victims throughout Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina, including in Spartanburg, Greenville, Waynesville, Franklin, and Asheville.

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