Johnson & Johnson fined $417 million in talc cancer suit

Johnson & Johnson fined $417 million in talc cancer suit

She used the company's baby powder on a daily basis beginning in the 1950s until 2016 and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007.

However, other studies about the risks of talcum powder say differently, such as one epidemiologic review conducted by researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center that found, "While mechanistic, pathology, and animal studies do not support evidence for the carcinogenicity of talc on the ovarian epithelium, epidemiological studies have indicated an association with talc use and increased OC [ovarian cancer] risk". The $417-million verdict on Monday is the third-largest jury award in the U.S. so far in 2017. The verdict includes $347 million in punitive damages.

Echeverria's attorney, Mark Robinson, revealed his client is undergoing cancer treatment while hospitalized and told him she hoped the verdict would lead Johnson & Johnson to put additional warnings on its products.

The Los Angeles Superior Court jury's verdict in favor of California resident Eva Echeverria was the largest to date in lawsuits alleging J&J failed to adequately warn consumers about the cancer risks of talc-based products.

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was ordered by a Los Angeles jury to pay $417 million to a 62-year-old woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on the company's talc, in the first California trial over the product.

Johnson & Johnson declined to comment on the verdict, but Carol Goodrich, Johnson & Johnson's spokeswoman, said in a statement that the company will appeal the verdict. Combined with other cases in Missouri, it means that Johnson & Johnson is facing more than $720 million in verdicts related to talc litigation.

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The study went on to say, "In 2006, a meta-analysis of 21 studies reported an approximately 35 percent increase in risk with genital exposure to talc and an earlier meta-analysis had similar findings".

According to the American Cancer Society, some talc in its natural form contains asbestos, which is known to cause cancer when it's inhaled.

Another St. Louis jury rejected the claims of a Tennessee woman with ovarian and uterine cancer who asserted that her use of talcum powder caused her cancers. And as the ACS notes, existing research is unclear enough that World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies genital use of consumer talc-based products "possibly carcinogenic to humans".

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