WHAT IS TALCUM POWDER?
Talc is a mineral comprised primarily of magnesium, silicon and oxygen. It's the base ingredient used in Johnson and Johnson's flagship baby powder product. This product was introduced in 1893 and is used in numerous cosmetic products today. It should be noted cosmetic products do not require FDA approval, according to the 1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Journal of Cancer (1982)
Daniel Cramer published a study demonstrating a link between genital talc use and ovarian cancer. He concluded there was a 33% increase in the ovarian cancer rate among women who use talcum powder on their genital area. Cramer was an epidemiologist at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston during this time.
International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC)
This organization is part of the World Health Organization (WHO) and classified talc as possibly carcinogenic to humans. The study concluded women who used talc products on their groin experience a 20-30% greater risk of developing ovarian cancer.
TALCUM POWDER LITIGATION
MDL 2738: October 4th, 2016
Judge: Freda L. Wolfson
Venue: District of New Jersey
Judge: Rex Burlison
Venue: St. Louis Circuit Court
Pending Actions: N/A
February 2016: $72 Million Verdict
April 2016: $55 Million Verdict
October 2016: $70 Million Verdict
February 2017: Defense Verdict
May 2017: $110.5 Million Verdict
June 19th 2017: Judge Declared Mistrial (watch Plavix Supreme Court Ruling)
California Coordination (JCCP)
Venue: Los Angeles County Superior Court
Judge: Maren Nelson
Pending Actions: 300
August 21st 2017: $417 Million Verdict