After a 3-week-long trial, a jury residing in Missouri has now ordered pharmaceutical company, Johnson & Johnson to pay a whopping $72 million to a family of a woman who has pass on last year because of ovarian cancer. This is a death which the family blames solely on Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder.
Alabama insurers claim 62-year-old Jackie Fox of Birmingham, Alabama, had used these talc products for several decades yet was not actually ever made aware of their threatening potential health risks. Apparently. Johnson & Johnson had failed to alert users.
The jury has indeed reached a verdict, but it is highly likely that J&J will file an appeal. This is not the only case which the company is involved with. There are 1,200 lawsuits which are currently pending throughout the country, and it is highly anticipated that this recent outcome of the trial is going to likely ignite many more.
What is the real deal behind these claims? The fears is that over usage of talc can stem from the fact that this mineral is naturally found in spots across Earth which additionally contain asbestos, which is a known carcinogen. It is for that very reason that talc which is utilized for cosmetic applications, such as in makeup or either to make baby powder, must be asbestos-free. This is a requirement which has actually been in place since the mid 70’s.
Talc has been continually scrutinized as a potential cancer-causing ingredient. Many studies throughout the years have drawn these associations with the genital application of talcum powder when it comes to ovarian cancer. While some research has now concluded that the usage of talc can modestly increase the true risk of this particular kind of cancer, the link between the two now remains a very controversial one.
Biological evidence which supports this potential link is quite lacking because the carcinogenicity has yet to be actually identified, and there does appear to be no real dose response. In the event that talc was actually a carcinogen, then greater exposure would certainly be expected to cause a bigger risk of developing the disease. That, however, has not been witnessed with its usage.
Added questions do arise when exposure is considered. Other products, such as condoms as well as diaphragms, which have been coated with talc, have not actually been associated with the potential risk of ovarian cancer. Considering that talc a carcinogen lacks the convincing scientific documentation necessary.