Talc or Talcum Powder is a mineral often used in cosmetics and most prevalently in baby powder. The powder has been used for decades for a number of different things including on women’s private areas and sanitary pads to keep the area dry and cool. Studies have now shown that there may be a direct link between prolonged use of Talc and cancer. Talcum Powder manufacturer Johnson & Johnson continues to deny the possibility of a cancer link stating that only Talc containing asbestos has links to increased risk of cancer.
Despite these claims, Johnson & Johnson has now settled multiple multi-million dollar lawsuits where women have died or been stricken with ovarian cancer as a result of prolonged use of the Baby Powder. The company now faces nearly 1200 lawsuits regarding the baby powder.
Johnson & Johnson is currently facing a multitude of charges including negligence, breach of implied warranty, violating consumers’ legal remedies and violating the unfair competition law and business and professions code. Despite the potential link to ovarian cancer, the drug company has still not issued a warning against using the powder near or on the genitals.
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