Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder woes continue as they have just lost a $37 million lawsuit to a couple who sued them.
For the uninitiated, there have been a slew of complaints and lawsuits filed by thousands of customers who developed fatal cancers after using Johnson and Johnson products for years.
At the forefront is the innocuous looking baby talcum powder that has now been proven to cause Mesothelioma, a fatal cancer of the lung.
The latest lawsuit is only one amongst an ever-increasing list of complaints against the Pharmaceutical major. It was filed and successfully won by Stephen Lanzo, a banker from NJ who was detected recently with Mesothelioma.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of lung cancer that is caused due to continual exposure to asbestos. The symptoms may appear after as many as 30-50 years after being exposed to it.
Thousands of Americans who inhaled asbestos particles as part of their occupation in the early 60s and 70s have been detected with Mesothelioma and have sued their past employers for the condition.
Many have formed support groups to help others who might be ignorant about the actual cause and the possible risks of the condition.
Most of the complaints against Johnson & Johnson cite that the company was aware of the potential risk of inhaling talc particles. But they failed to warn their customers about it risking millions of lives.
Is Baby powder linked to Ovarian cancer?
At another end of this debacle is a piling list of women who have sued the company for failing to warn them about the risk of using their talcum powder for being linked to ovarian cancer.
In fact, in 2017, the company lost another trial and was asked to award $417 million in damages to a terminally ill, 63-year-old woman.
However, whether or not baby powder causes cancer is a widely debated topic among healthcare experts.
The company denies the purported link between the disease and their products vehemently and for good reason.
Baby powder is one of their flagships and most trusted products for decades. If this were to be proven, then they would probably be awarding damages for the rest of their lives.
But that’s not all. Many government healthcare officials also deny any apparent link between the two. Many say that there’s not enough conclusive results to link the two.
Whatever be the case, the fact is that thousands of women have been detected with terminal cancer in the last few years. And there’s one glaring similarity among them all. They’ve all used Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder for decades. Some started when they were less than 10 years old.
Are you using Talcum powder for your babies?
Millions of women might still be using Talcum powder for keeping their genital areas clean and dry. Others use it for sanitary napkin related rash. The usage is not limited to adults alone. Many use it for diaper rash in babies.
If you are one of them, speak to your doctor about the potential risks and about alternative ways to keep the areas clean and dry.