But does talcum powder - a product that is probably sitting in your bathroom cabinet right now - really cause ovarian cancer? According to the plaintiff, the drug manufacturer has failed to acknowledge studies linking ovarian cancer to genital talc use.
She said that she stopped using this powder in the year 2016 when she read the story of another woman who used talcum powder and developed ovarian cancer.
The jury's award included $68 million in compensatory damages and $340 million in punitive damages, Mr. Robinson said. She says while the company sympathizes with women suffering from ovarian cancer, there is scientific evidence supports the safety of Johnson's baby powder.
Johnson & Johnson has been ordered by a Los Angeles jury to pay a sum of $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.
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The California jury's decision marks the largest award yet in a string of lawsuits that claim the firm did not adequately warn about cancer risks from talc-based products.
The $417 million award by California jury to a California resident suggested so-called forum-shopping, in which parties seek to file cases in whichever jurisdictions seem most favorable, may not be the main problem facing J&J as it wrestles with some 4,800 outstanding talc lawsuits.
The case in California is Eva Echeverria et al. v. Johnson & Johnson et al. Some studies have found a small to moderate increase in cancer risk, but these studies tend to rely on women self-reporting.
More than 1,000 other people have filed similar lawsuits.
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"We are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder", a J&J spokesperson told Bloomberg. But as the American Cancer Society notes, those kinds of studies can be biased because they rely on a person's memory of talc use years after the fact.
She had blamed her illness on her use of the company's talcum powder-containing products for more than 40 years.
Harvard University epidemiologist Daniel Cramer has published several studies, beginning in 1982, that found a link between talc exposure and increased ovarian cancer. The products you buy from your local pharmacy today are completely asbestos-free, but Echeverria began using talcum powder in the 1960s, aged 11, when some talcum powder still contained asbestos, before it was banned in the '70s.
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