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May 21, 2020

Talcum Powder Discontinued by J&J in U.S. and Canada Due to Cancer Lawsuits

Medical and consumer product giant Johnson & Johnson announced they are discontinuing their talc-based baby powder in both the United States and Canada in light of lack of declining demand from talcum powder cancer lawsuits. J&J currently faces nearly 20,000 talcum powder lawsuits over injuries caused by talc in their baby powder. Individuals across the country claims J&J failed to warn consumers about the risks of talc causing injuries such as ovarian cancer and mesothelioma from asbestos in talc.

On Tuesday May 19, Johnson & Johnson released an announcement attributing the decline in talcum baby powder sales “in large part to changes in consumer habits and fueled by misinformation around the safety of the product and a constant barrage of litigation advertising.”

Over the last decade increasing numbers of studies have shown that talc in talcum powder can be harmful to human health and cause complications. For women, some studies have shown that those who used talc-based baby powder in the genital region can increase their risk of developing ovarian cancer.

A separate string of lawsuits link talc in talcum powder to mesothelioma. Last year the Food and Drug Administration found trace amounts of asbestos, a known carcinogen, in a bottle of Johnson & Johnson baby powder bought online. This prompted a talcum powder recall of over 33,000 bottles in the U.S.

In spite of the mounting claims, Johnson & Johnson Company has denied any allegations that talc in talcum powder is unsafe. The Company continues to defend the safety of their product even through their decision to discontinue talcum powder sales in the larger part of North America.

“Decades of scientific studies by medical experts around the world support the safety of our product,” the company said to CNBC. “We will continue to vigorously defend the product, its safety, and the unfounded allegations against it and the company in the courtroom.”

Johnson & Johnson said stores can sell what bottles of talcum powder remain in the stores until the product runs out.

Did You Develop Cancer After Exposure to Talc-Based Baby Powder?

If you used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder and developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Individuals filing talcum powder lawsuits allege J&J know about the severe health consequences of talc in their baby powder for decades but did not warn consumers about the risk. Numerous juries have already sided with individuals injured by Johnson & Johnson baby powder, awarding multi-million-dollar verdicts to consumers who developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma from their long-term exposure to talc in baby powder.

The experienced product liability attorneys at the McGartland Law Firm can help you explore your legal rights after being injured by a dangerous product. We want you to get the compensation you deserve, and we fight aggressively for your right to a financial award to help you recover. Fill out our online contact form today to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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