It looks like Johnson & Johnson’s woes are not ending anytime soon! A jury awarded a California woman $417 million because she developed ovarian cancer from using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder as part of her feminine hygiene regime for decades. Similarly, Eva Echeverria, a 63-year-old from Los Angeles, who also has been using this powder regularly since she was 11 years old has stopped using it after reading a story about another woman who used it and had ovarian cancer.
It is so strange that as talcum powder is legally a cosmetic there is no obligation for the company to mention that it may cause cancer on the label and also does not have to undergo a review by the US FDA. There are other talc-based powders on the market which carry labels which say that there is a possible risk of ovarian cancer after frequent application in the female genital area.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, classifies the genital use of talc-based body powder as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” The US National Toxicology Program has not fully reviewed talc as a possible carcinogen, according to the American Cancer Society, which says it isn’t clear whether the products increase a person’s cancer risk.
Johnson & Johnson said in a statement that it will begin the appeals process in the California case.