Johnson and Johnson are the leading manufacturers of baby powder. This company has been in the news for another reason, though—several lawsuits filed against Johnson and Johnson alleging their product of causing ovarian cancer due to prolonged use.
Understanding Baby Powder Composition and Cancer
You may be wondering how baby powder can be related to something as deadly as cancer. Baby powder is a blend of talcum powder which is known to reduce chafing and absorb moisture. This talcum powder is a soft mineral made from talc obtained in open-pit mines and clay minerals. Owing to its quality of softness, talc has been used traditionally to manufacture baby powder. Based on investigative research, in the 1970s, top executives at Johnson and Johnson had information on potential contamination of their children’s talcum powder containing asbestos.
Risks of Asbestos in Baby Powder
Asbestos is a fibrous, thin, naturally occurring material that finds its applications in construction. It is a known carcinogen or a cancer-causing agent to humans. Such asbestos can break down into microscopic particles that can result in serious inflammation of the lungs, causing mesothelioma cancer when entering the human body through breathing. Asbestos exposure is also known to cause cancer of the lungs, ovary, or larynx.
Johnson and Johnson and Cancer Risk
Johnson and Johnson have always refuted any claims that its baby talcum powder is a leading cause of cancer due to asbestos contamination. But when a groundbreaking report was released in 1971 by the New York times providing insights about this contamination, executives at Johnson and Johnson informed the newspaper that they had upgraded their product because of the concerns of asbestos contamination. In decades to come, doctors, patients, and research scientists have still tried to understand the relation between cancer and Johnson and Johnson baby powder.
In 2019, the FDA announced that asbestos is still found in Johnson and Johnson’s baby talcum powder. Despite repeatedly denying it, Johnson and Johnson recalled all their baby powder based on the FDA’s announcement. Today, the company has around 16,000 lawsuits against it, alleging that its powder has caused cancer like ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and mesothelioma. There are over $2 million verdicts against Johnson and Johnson. A federal judge has ruled that scientists can now testify the company’s baby powder may be carcinogenic. If you have been diagnosed with cancer resulting from contaminated baby powder, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
How can a good Product Liability Lawyer assist you?
Based on all the scientific evidence collected so far, it can be reasonably assumed that Johnson and Johnson’s baby talcum powder is causing cancer. It is crucial to get in touch with a good product liability lawyer immediately if you have had prolonged exposure to this product and have been diagnosed with cancer. You may be eligible to file for the baby powder cancer lawsuit and receive compensation. An experienced attorney will assist you in holding the manufacturer accountable for your cancer or other health afflictions caused by the use of their product while safeguarding your legal rights. For more information on how a Product Liability lawyer can help you, see this information from the lawyers at Riddle and Brantley: