Johnson's Talcum Powder

Talcum powder has been a family medicine cabinet staple for years. Primarily used as an agent to soothe dry skin and absorb sweat and odors, talcum powder has been used to meet multiple needs of families for more than a century. As a family staple for generations, most people trusted that it was safe. Many women used Johnson's baby powder regularly for their personal hygiene. A number of these women developed ovarian cancer.

Defective product cases are complex because they require strong evidence to prove that a company or manufacturer acted negligently. The attorneys at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP, in New York City have more than 40 years of experience helping people recover damages for injuries related to defective products.

Our objective is simple: to maximize your potential recovery while looking out for your best interests. If you have developed ovarian cancer and you believe it may have been caused by using baby powder, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your options.

What Is Talcum Powder And Why Is It Dangerous?

Talcum powder, the main ingredient in Johnson's baby powder, is a ground version of the mineral talc, composed of magnesium and silicon. When applied, it absorbs moisture and creates a slippery surface, helping to eliminate friction.

Concerns over the hazards of talcum powder began to grow after a number of women who were regular users of Johnson's baby powder as a hygiene product began developing ovarian cancer. Doctors found talc in the cancerous tissue and elsewhere in the body.

Research into the dangers of talcum powder is ongoing. It is believed to be dangerous when it travels into the female reproductive system and throughout the body. It has been linked with ovarian cancer when it is repeatedly applied in the genital area.

Why Pursue A Claim Against Johnson & Johnson?

People pursue defective product claims for a couple of reasons. Often, people pursue claims to recover compensation to help them cover extensive medical costs associated with battling cancer. Others pursue claims to encourage a business to implement proper warnings or to take a product off the market entirely.

Johnson & Johnson has come under fire because there is evidence indicating that it had reason to know that its talcum powder could be potentially dangerous as early as 1971 and did not warn consumers about the possibility of developing cancer. Since that time, the pharmaceutical manufacturing giant has paid out millions in damages for failure to warn consumers about the dangers of its product.

What Products Contain Talcum Powder?

While baby powder is the most common product containing talc, other products containing talc include:

  • Sanitary napkins
  • Tampons
  • Body powders
  • Vaginal deodorants
  • Condoms and diaphragms

Talk To Us About Your Potential Claim

To discuss the possibility of pursuing a product liability claim against Johnson & Johnson, call Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP, at 212-983-3000 to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers. We represent clients in Manhattan, the five boroughs of New York and Long Island. Our consultations are free. Get the facts. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.