Talcum

  • Talcum

Talcum powder, commonly called talc, is one of the most common ingredients of cosmetics, personal care products, contraceptives, anti-chafing products, deodorants, etc. It is also the main ingredient of baby powder.

Silicate magnesium and dioxide are the main components of a silicate mineral called Talcum. In its natural form, talcum also contains asbestos, a known human carcinogen. Since 1973, all consumer talcum products became asbestos-free.

Some of the most popular talcum powder products:

  • Johnson's Baby Powder

  • Shower-to-Shower (Johnson & Johnson)

  • Cashmere Bouquet (Colgate-Palmolive)

Johnson's Baby Powder, one of the most popular products containing talcum powder, is linked to increasing a woman's risk of ovarian cancer if she uses it regularly in the genital area. In a few cases, the cancer tissue was studied using an electron microscope and was found to have talc in the tissue, which supported the claim that the cancer was caused by the body powder and increases the talc cancer risk.

Serious Alleged Injuries may include:

  • Talc miners at higher risk of lung cancer from breathing them in.
  • Linked to increased risk of ovarian cancer for women who apply talcum powder regularly in the genital area.

FDA SAFETY WARNINGS:

Talc, one of the main ingredient in Baby Powder ― is considered cosmetic when used in makeup and body powders, which required very little federal oversight. The law does not require cosmetic companies to share their safety information with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Without sound scientific data to show that it is harmful under its intended use, the FDA cannot take any actions.

Despite jury wins for the plaintiffs and studies highlighting the cancer risk, the FDA does not require Baby Powder warnings on talc-based product labels. The company has also refused to voluntarily add one.

Lawsuit Allegations:

Since 2014, J&J’s Talcum powder has been witnessing a steady rise in the number of cases filed against it and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America. At least 5,000 lawsuits are pending in state and federal court.

Allegations made by the plaintiffs include that the company failed to warn about the potential risk of ovarian cancer in women who use baby powder daily in the genital areas despite knowing for decades of numerous scientific studies suggesting talc is a cancer-causing mineral.

At least 5,000 lawsuits are pending in state and federal court against Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America.

  • Around 1,000 of these cases have been consolidated in Missouri's 22nd Circuit Court.
  • Thousands of complaints are filed in state courts in California, New Jersey, and Delaware.
  • Federally-filed talcum powder lawsuits have been consolidated in the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey- MDL No. 2738; (In re Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation.)

As of October 2017, Johnson & Johnson has lost jury verdicts totaling more than $700 million.

Evidences:

  • Duration of Talcum powder usage.
  • Diagnosis of ovarian cancer from Medical Records.
  • Treatment provided for ovarian cancer.

Medical Record Review and claim validation of Talcum case should take approximately 3 hours in most instances; however, this approximation may vary in cases based on the volume of records.

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