TALCUM POWDER LAWSUIT TIMELINE

TALCUM POWDER LAWSUIT TIMELINE


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JOHNSON & JOHNSON BABY POWDER LAWSUIT TIMELINE

FAILURE TO WARN OF OVARIAN CANCER
Numerous organizations have issued warnings regarding the risk of ovarian cancer connected with talcum powder use. However, Johnson & Johnson and FDA have never warned American consumers of the increased risk for ovarian cancer. A description of pivotal studies on the baby powder and ovarian cancer is set forth here:
1970s:
An article on ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder in The Lancet warns, “The potentially harmful effects of talc . . . in the ovary . . . should not be ignored.”
1981:
Cramer, et al. Ovarian Cancer and Talc – A Case Control Study “It is especially notable that women who regularly had both dusted their perineum with talc and had used it on sanitary napkins had more than a threefold increase in risk compared to women with neither exposure.”
1989:
Harlow, B. L (Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA 02115), and N. S. Weiss. A case-control study of borderline ovarian tumors: the influence of perineal exposure to talc. Am J Epidemiol 1989;130:390-4.

“[W]omen who used deodorizing powders alone or In combination with other talc-containing powders had 2.8 times the risk (95% confidence Interval 1.1-11.7) of women who had not had perineal exposure to powder.”
1992:
The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology publishes a study which finds that regular (weekly) use of baby powder increases a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer threefold.
1997:
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology affirms that perineal dusting of talcum powder contributes to the risk of cancer; it suggests talcum genital deodorant sprays contribute to cancer growth as well.
2003:
A meta-analysis, which compiles and reviews data from 16 previous studies, is published in Anticancer Research. Based on research with nearly 12,000 women, the study concludes that perineal baby powder use is associated with a 33% increase in ovarian cancer risk.
2008:
Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Margaret Gates reaffirms that weekly use of talcum powder for perineal dusting increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 33%. Dr. Gates also asserts that daily use of a product such as Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower talcum powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 41%.
2010:
A meta-analysis, which compiles and reviews data from 16 previous studies, is published in Anticancer Research. Based on research with nearly 12,000 women, the study concludes that perineal baby powder use is associated with a 33% increase in ovarian cancer risk.
2015:
Epidemiologist Roberta Ness, found that, “Talc use increased ovarian cancer by 30-60%.”
2016:
In May 2016, Cancer Epidemiology published a study of black women who used talcum powder for genital hygiene. Compared to non-users, women who used talc had a 44% increased risk of ovarian cancer and the risk increased over time
Despite the findings from these studies, and recent court cases finding Johnson & Johnson at fault for failing to warn of the increased risk of ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson has yet to provide any such warning on its talcum powder products. Odom Law Firm is currently investigating cases of those affected by talcum powder. Learn more about how our Arkansas cancer attorneys can help.

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