Talcum-powder products, like Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower, have a long history of use in feminine hygiene. Many thousands of women across the United States, at some point in their lives, have used these products in the genital area, either as a body powder or as a component of tampons, diaphragms, or condoms. Johnson & Johnson is widely considered a trusted household name, and the company’s talc products have been heavily marketed to adult females in the past. Unfortunately, while nothing could seem more harmless, studies show that the use of talcum-powder products in the female genital area may be associated with an increased risk for ovarian cancer.
There are a number of people who believe that women should have already been aware that the use of talcum powder may pose a dangerous risk for cancer, but a warning has never been included in the packaging with talc products. After numerous studies showing the potential cancer link, lawsuits have now been filed against Johnson & Johnson, claiming that the company knew about the risk for decades and chose not to warn their customers. In fact, some evidence suggests that the company should have been aware of the dangers after a study in 1971.
The manufacturers of health and hygiene products have a duty to research their products, make sure they are safe, and warn the public of potential side effects and complications. When they fail to do so, victims of these dangerous products and their families have the right to hold the companies responsible for what has happened to them.
If you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer after using a talc product, the McGartland Law Firm is here to help. We are currently reviewing talcum-powder cases, and we would be happy to answer your questions about your rights as a consumer. To learn more, call us today.