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Talcum Powder

Lawsuits

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.

CLINICAL STUDIES

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.

COMPLICATIONS

  • Ovarian Cancer

  • Cervical Cancer

  • Fallopian Cancer

  • Lung Cancer

  • Uterine Cancer

TALCUM POWDER LITIGATION

Overview

MDL 2738:  October 4th, 2016

Judge:  Freda L. Wolfson

Venue:  District of New Jersey

Missouri Coordination

Judge:  Rex Burlison

Venue:  St. Louis Circuit Court

Pending Actions:  N/A

 

Missouri Bellwethers

  • 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

California Bellwethers

  • August 21st 2017:  $417 Million Verdict

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