A court in St Louis, Missouri ordered Cosmetics and health giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the family of an Alabama woman, on Monday, 22nd Feb. The woman in question, Jackie Fox, died from ovarian cancer allegedly caused by using the company’s Baby Powder and other products containing talc for feminine hygiene.Johnsons baby powder causes Cancer

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The damages included $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages. The civil suit, filed by Jackie, was in fact, part of a much broader claim in the St. Louis circuit court, involving nearly 60 people. After her death in October 2015 at 62, more than two years after her diagnosis, her son, Marvin Salter took over as the plaintiff.

Johnsons baby powder causes Cancer

A 1997 internal memo from a medical consultant working with the company stated that, Johnsons baby powder causes Cancer

“Anybody who denies the risk of using hygienic talc and ovarian cancer is denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.”

Carol Goodrich, a spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson, said that the company stands by the talc used in all “global products” and they are “evaluating” their legal options.Johnsons baby powder causes Cancer

“The recent U.S. verdict goes against decades of sound science proving the safety of talc as a cosmetic ingredient in multiple products, and while we sympathize with the family of the plaintiff, we strongly disagree with the outcome,”

Goodrich said in a statement.

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Eva Chalas, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology and Director of Clinical Cancer Services at Winthrop-University Hospital, said,

“It’s hard to directly link ovarian cancer to talc. Some cancer may have been from years ago from potential contamination with asbestos when they made the talcum powder. People should be careful about what they apply to their genitals, but in terms of ovarian cancer, the majority of women who develop ovarian do so from other risk factors including – age, genetic predisposition, reproductive issues and whether they were on birth control.”

Nora Freeman Engstrom, a Stanford University law professor, told reporters the decision “doesn’t bode well” for the company, which is facing 1,200 still-pending lawsuits.

Johnsons baby powder causes Cancer

The case is still ongoing, and the company is expected to make an appeal. We urge you not to use any cosmetic products with Talc, for the time being, until the final verdict is out.

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