Talcum Powder? As In Baby Powder?
Talc Lawsuit Overview
Talcum Powder, commonly known as Baby Powder, is a white powder primarily made up of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. When talc is finely ground, it helps to reduce friction and absorb moisture, making it useful for keeping skin dry and preventing rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder to reduce diaper rash, and in adult body powders to reduce odors.
Talc Lawsuits Mounting
The lawsuit involving talcum powder alleges the manufacturers failed to warn users of the increased risk of ovarian cancer caused by using talc-based products for personal hygiene use. Furthermore, many of these lawsuits claim the manufacturers of talcum powder have known there is a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer since the 1980s. It has been alleged that these companies intentionally made a business decision to not warn women that the powder could cause cancer.
The main talcum powder products used for personal hygiene are:
- Johnson’s Baby Powder by Johnson & Johnson
- Shower to Shower by Valeant Pharmaceuticals
- Baby Magic Baby Powder
Potential Talc Side Effects:
The most serious potential side effect from the use of talcum powder by women is ovarian cancer, caused by the powder entering the ovaries through the vagina. According to the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, frequent talcum powder use on the female genital area increases the risk of ovarian cancer between 30–60%. Dr. Daniel Cramer, with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, estimates that thousands of women get ovarian cancer from talcum powder use each year. The more often a woman uses it on her genital area, the more likely she will experience ovarian cancer.
Additionally, talcum powder has been associated with respiratory issues, especially in infants. This is caused by the powder becoming airborne during normal application. When inhaled by infants, the powder can cause wheezing, fast and shallow breathing, coughing and in some cases acute or chronic lung irritation. Long-term exposure can cause pneumonia and asthma symptoms.
Free Talc Lawsuit Consultation:
The dangerous drug attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm are reviewing claims on behalf of women who developed ovarian cancer after using talcum or baby powder near the genitals. Since 1971, more than 20 studies have linked talc powder to ovarian cancer, and, in 2003, an analysis of 16 of these studies found that women using talcum powder were 33 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer. It has been alleged that Johnson & Johnson, the maker of popular talc-based powders, including Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower, knew about the ovarian cancer risk since at least 1982, but failed to warn women using these products.
If you or a loved one have used talc or talcum powder, and have suffered from the severe complications described above, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the dangerous drug attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm today for a free, confidential legal consultation to learn more about your options. Why today? Every state has maximum time limitations on when a claim must be filed (statutes of limitations). If a claim is not filed against the manufacturer within that time, the injured persons are forever prevented from bringing a claim against the companies who may have caused their injuries. Time is of the essence, so please submit the short form on this page or call us at 214-526-7900 today.