Pharmaceutical companies and talcum powder manufacturers must live up to their responsibility to advise consumers of the potential risks and side effects associated with using their product. A simple warning label detailing the risks women take when using these talc-based powders might have prevented occurrences of ovarian cancer and reduced or eliminated the need for litigation.
Evidence, such as internal company memos, has shown that Johnson & Johnson® was aware of the correlation between talcum powder and ovarian cancer was as early as 1994. Over 2,500 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson®. These lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson® knew about these cancer risks but did nothing to warn consumers, leading juries to award approximately $195 million to plaintiffs whose use of talcum powder resulted in ovarian cancer.
While talcum powder is considered a cosmetic and therefore not subject to FDA regulation and approval, responsible labeling should have been exercised in favor of the public, as Johnson & Johnson® has a duty to warn the public about the hazards associated with the use of their products. Some possible symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
- lower back pain
- pelvic pressure
- increased abdominal girth or bloating
- changes in bowel movements
- frequent urination with an increase in urgency
If you experience any of the above symptoms for more than 3 or 4 days every week, it is recommended that you see a doctor as soon as possible. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and are or were a regular user of talcum powder, you may want to consider taking legal action. It is important that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Baron & Budd can help. Contact us online or call us at 866-747-1424 to learn more about your legal options.