Johnson & Johnson Loses Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Linking Baby Powder to Cancer

Eva Echeverria is dying of ovarian cancer. She doesn’t want your sympathy and she likely won’t even see any benefit of the $417 million dollars she was just awarded in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson.

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All Echeverria wants is warning labels linking the company’s baby powder to ovarian cancer. Having used the company’s baby powder since the 1950s, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. She has been spending her final years fighting the company she alleges caused her cancer in an effort to prevent the needless deaths of other women. But, Johnson and Johnson, a self-purported “family company” is fighting back against her selfless act by appealing the court’s decision.

She is one of several people to win lawsuits against the company of the more than 1000 people who are currently suing Johnson & Johnson. A Virginia woman was awarded $110.5 million against the company in May, and 3 others received $72 million, $70.1 million and $55 million.

Baby powder and many other personal care products contain the ingredient known as talc and has been in rampant use for decades. While Johnson and Johnson continues to defend the safety of talc in its products, courts and juries aren’t the only ones who think it is unsafe. The coalition known as the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has been warning consumers about cancer, organ system toxicity and respiratory distress linked to the mineral substance that is used in cosmetics, eye shadows, baby powder and feminine hygiene products.

The global talc market is expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2021. And while Johnson and Johnson claims that decades of research confirms the safety of talc, they might have a financial bias. Regardless, plenty of experts would disagree with their safety claims. Scientists at the International Agency for Research on Cancer considers perineal exposure to talc through the use of powder in the genital region as a class 3 carcinogen in women, meaning that there is evidence to suggest a link, but the agency recommends further research. Researchers at Harvard and other world-leading universities would also argue that their independent findings simply don’t corroborate J&J’s claims. Harvard scientists found a link between talc use and ovarian cancer in their research published in the medical journal Epidemiology.

Additionally, research published in the International Journal of Cancer found a link between ovarian cancer risk and the use of talc in the pelvic region. Ovarian cancer is a deadly disease that is expected to cause the deaths of over 14,000 women this year alone. But, talc is not just linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

Research in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, found a link between talc and mesothelioma—a type of aggressive cancer of the lungs and abdomen in miners of the mineral in New York state. Some talc is also contaminated with the known carcinogen asbestos.

While Johnson & Johnson continues to sell baby powder containing talc and claim itself “a family company” the growing number of verdicts against the company may cause countless people to reconsider whether Johnson & Johnson truly has a place in their family. It certainly doesn’t have a place in mine and I’m confident that it no longer has a place in Eva Echeverria’s family.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news World’s Healthiest News, the Cultured Cook, president of PureFood BC, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty & Cooking.

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