On February 24, 2016, a Missouri jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a total of $72 million in damages and punitive damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after years of using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder that contains talcum powder. That jury found Johnson & Johnson liable for failure to warn, negligence, and conspiracy.
This is just one of about 1,200 cases currently being pursued against Johnson & Johnson in courts in both Missouri and New Jersey. In 2014, an Alabama woman was one of dozens of women with ovarian cancer who sued Johnson & Johnson, alleging that Johnson & Johnson deliberately turned a blind eye to scientific evidence showing a possible link between the use of talcum powder in the female genital area and an increased risk for ovarian cancer. According to the lawsuit, after a 1982 study on the issue found a 92% increased risk in ovarian cancer with women who used tac-based products around their genitals, the researcher behind that study directly advised a Johnson & Johnson doctor to place a warning label on their products.
While Johnson & Johnson and others continued to defend the use of talcum powder in feminine hygiene products, the condom industry stopped the use of talcum powder in the mid-1990’s amid the growing concerns about its link to ovarian cancer risk.
Please use corn starch based products instead.