the dangers of talcum powder and how meyers & flowers can help
Baby powder has been used for more than 100 years, but this seemingly gentle talcum powder product is linked to at least two deadly cancers and the focus of more than 15,000 lawsuits. Meyers & Flowers is helping Illinois residents understand the dangers associated with talcum-based baby and bath powders and the potential links to ovarian cancer or mesothelioma.
Once a nursery staple for diaper rash, the iconic white bottle of Johnson’s Baby Powder has long been used by men and women after bathing, to absorb moisture in the genital area or on the thighs to reduce chafing. The same product has been the focus of major litigation as more women step into courtrooms to talk about their battles with cancer stemming from daily use of talcum powder.
It is widely known that more than 20 studies over the last 50 years have linked talcum powder to ovarian cancer. However, a recent recall of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and series of articles by Reuters and the New York Times have uncovered instances of asbestos-contaminated talcum powder and its links to mesothelioma.
The main ingredient in talcum-based baby powder is talc a mineral found in clay. Often talc deposits are naturally found near asbestos, a carcinogen, which can contaminate the talc during the mining process. As the talc is ground into powder, so is the asbestos. When used, the powder is inhaled into the lungs and absorbed into the skin, potentially leading to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
While the U.S. Food & Drug Administration FDA Panel will be holding the first public meeting to discuss standardize testing recommendations for identifying asbestos and other harmful minerals in talc in February. It could be years before new regulations are put in place to protect the public. In the meantime, women and their families will continue to be exposed to a cancer-causing product with life-threating consequences.
Meyers & Flowers has a long history of protecting the victims of dangerous medical products and devices. If you or a family member have used talcum powder and developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma and are exploring your legal recourse options, we can help. We understand what it is like to take on major medical corporations, such as Johnson & Johnson. We can guide you through the process from what it takes to file a case to explaining the intricacies of a jury trial. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.