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Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer

“It is not the culture of U.S. medicine to report adverse events to the FDA.”

Dr. David Kessler, Former FDA Commissioner

Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is a staple in American households.

For decades, millions of women have been using it as a feminine hygiene solution, and to care for their children. Unfortunately, women are now discovering that this all-too-common product is causing epithelial ovarian cancer.

Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is made of talc. According to the American Cancer Society, regular talc usage in the groin area can increase the risk of ovarian cancer by a whopping 30-40%. In fact, many oncologists report seeing actual talc particles, when viewing epithelial ovarian cancer cells through a microscope.

Women across the U.S. are outraged. Many are seeking financial compensation from the manufacturer.

Johnson & Johnson Continues to Market the Cancer-causing Baby Powder

Johnson & Johnson released baby powder in 1892. It quickly became the go-to product for feminine hygiene and nursery care. The product consists of 99% talcum powder and 1% fragrance. In 1971 scientists discovered a link between talc and ovarian cancer. Yet even today, Johnson & Johnson fails to acknowledge and warn patients about the risk. If you have epithelial ovarian cancer due to using Johnson & Johnson baby powder, you may qualify for financial compensation.

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Everything you need to know about Talcum Powder

Everything you need to know about Talcum Powder

This video will take you through the history of talc, it’s cancer causing link, verdicts, and the legal battle to have it labeled and potentially pulled from the market.

Video: How Talcum Powder Works

This video will teach you about Talcum Powder, how it’s used, and what it’s made of. Find out more about the link between baby powder & cancer, the recent verdicts of Talcum Powder, and how we can help.

Video: The History of Talcum Powder

Talc use in beauty products started well before the FDA even existed. Find out more about the link between baby powder & cancer, recent verdicts of Talcum Powder, and how we can help.

Video: The Issues with using Talc

Talc is a dangerous product, and that’s coming from the American Cancer Society! This video will tell you which body part is most susceptible to cancer when you use Talc.

Video: Where did Talc go wrong?

This video links talc powder made by Johnson & Johnson to ovarian cancer. Find out where Talc comes from and what ingredients are in baby powder.

Talcum Powder Lawsuits & Settlement Landscape

The first settlement case took place in 2009 in South Dakota, where three separate doctors confirmed that a woman had talcum powder present in her cancer cells. In a court testimony, Daniel Cramer of Harvard University who studied the issue of talcum powder and ovarian cancer for three decades, stated that talcum powder was likely a contributing factor in 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer annually.

If you or your family member has been diagnosed with epithelial ovarian cancer in the last 10 years, and are under the age of 63, you may be eligible for financial settlement.

Johnson & Johnson Pays Missouri Family $72 Million After Mother’s Death

In February 2016, a Missouri state jury ordered the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her regular use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products.

Johnson & Johnson Pays $55 Million to Woman in St. Louis

In May of 2016, Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a U.S. judge to pay a woman $55 million in damages for claims that their talc-based products caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

Talcum Powder Glossary of Key Terms

Biopsy

A procedure to remove a small sample of cells from your body so that it can be analyzed in a laboratory.

Carcinogen

A substance or agent that causes cancer.

Epithelial Cancer

Epithelial cancer refers the membrane nature of the outer lining of the ovary.

Feminine Hygiene

Usually refers to personal care related to the vaginal or perineal area.

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder

Talc-based powder often used for feminine hygiene and preventing diaper rash in infants that is linked to cancer with sustained use.

Johnson & Johnson Shower to Shower

Talc-based shower product often used for feminine hygiene that is linked to cancer with sustained use.

Ovarian Cancer

Refers to cancer growth in the ovary. Most ovarian cancers occur in the outer lining (epithelium) of the ovary.

Pathology

The study of how disease affects the body.

Talc or Talcum Powder

Talc is a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Talc, in its powdered form, absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes.

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Johnson & Johnson refuses to warn women about the risks associated with their talc-based products. If you knew of this potential effect, you might have avoided ovarian cancer. Our goal is to help you seek a settlement, and receive financial compensation. Our experienced Advocates will help you appropriately document and review your case and connect you with legal representation.

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Drugs, treatments, diagnoses, and everything else that goes into treating our symptoms are quite complicated so we rely on their expertise to make us well. Unfortunately, this is also a business and like all businesses, there’s the motivation to make money. The lack of accountability and financial perks have created a serious conflict of interest between research doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and the medical professionals who rely on these studies to address their patients.

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Okay, I admit it: I never even thought about how drugs or medical devices were put on the market until recently. Like most people, I didn’t have the time to care and I also figured that’s what my doctor is for. But the deeper I dug, the more I learned that millions of people are getting injured – and are even dying – because drugs and medical devices aren’t being properly tested.

Here’s one example: transvaginal mesh (TVM) was never tested in a vagina before it was put into millions of women’s vaginas. Johnson & Johnson paid the inventor of TVM, Swedish obstetrician and gynecologist Ulf Ulmsten, $1 million to prove TVM’s safety and effectiveness. Who wouldn’t do everything they could to skew the results in their favor? Now hundreds of thousands of women are living with pain, have broken relationships, and suffer from other complications due to this bad medical device.

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Doctors don’t have the time or funding to do the research themselves, so they rely on experts in their respective fields to test new drugs and medical devices and to report the benefits and risks so they can best treat their patients. Like the TVM example, many researchers are getting funding and kickbacks for publishing papers promoting a certain drug or medical device in medical journals or for speaking at conferences. The main problem is the lack of transparency on the part of many doctors who fail to disclose that they are funded by the pharmaceutical company.  The New York Times reported that, “Dr. Jeffrey R. Botkin, an associate vice president for research at the University of Utah, recently argued… that researchers should face misconduct charges when they do not disclose their relationships with interested companies. ‘They really are falsifying the information that others rely on to assess that research,’ he said. ‘Money is a very powerful influencer, and people’s opinions become subtly biased by that financial relationship.’”

We, as patients, need to demand more accountability and transparency in the medical world. Researchers need to disclose their relationship with pharmaceutical companies so our doctors can take the information with a grain of salt to fully understand the capabilities and risk factors for the treatments they are prescribing. The more products a company sells, the more money it makes. We should be treated with the drug or device that works best, not offers the biggest perk.


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“What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry”. New York Times. Accessed December 11, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/08/health/medical-journals-conflicts-of-interest.html

4 Tips for Camp Fire Survivors to Help Replace Destroyed Items

When everything is lost, where do you even begin to start to replace what mattered most? This is the big question that victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise and other California fire survivors are asking themselves. While family heirlooms, childhood crafts, and other priceless items can’t be replaced, other favorite pieces can be with a little time and effort.

4 Tips for Camp Fire Survivors to Help Replace Destroyed Items

Our Call Center Manager, Laura, lost her family home in Paradise and is now helping her parents to rebuild what was lost. She has been busy reaching out to over 80 companies asking for a bit of generosity to replace items such as her dad’s barbecue, safe, and other valuable pieces. Some businesses have been amazing and have given the items for free or asked for just the cost of shipping while others have declined to even honor their warranties. (And just so you know, this post has two motives: 1) to advise you on how to ask companies for help and 2) to inform you of businesses who are compassionate and generous so we can continue to support them!)

2. Ask for a replacement item or a discount

Some people may think that your insurance is going to cut you a fat check to purchase everything you need, but usually they will cover only 50 – 75% of the initial costs, so a discount or free item is going to be incredibly appreciated. It may be helpful to mention that you have insurance, but it only covers a fraction of your losses. Also, a discount is better than nothing. We want to support these businesses who are willing to do what they can, not cause financial stress. Requesting a discount can help you to get what you need while also providing a way for the company to help without causes financial strain.

3. Explain the importance of the item in your letter

For Laura’s family, Sunday night barbecues were the highlight of the week. Her dad, Chris, was proud of his skills and he even created a designated spot with pavers to house his grill. Laura reached out to Weber and explained “every Sunday night in our family means barbecue, beer and football… family dinners revolve around BBQ.” Guess what happened? They offered Chris a 22” model for free. Maybe the item isn’t the exact one that you requested, but this was so generous on the part of Weber and it was a huge step in getting life back to normal for Chris.

4. Give as much information about the original product as you can.

A company is more likely to replace the item if you have proof of ownership and that you were personally affected by the fire (and not a scammer). Here is a great sample that Laura wrote:

My dad owned two toolboxes from Snap On and he has always been a Mr. Fix It type of guy. I wanted to reach out, because we just lost our family home in Paradise, CA to the Camp Fire and now his toolboxes and tools are destroyed. The toolboxes themselves are brittle and can not be fixed and all the tools inside are melted together.

I wanted to see if there was any way I could get a discount to re order him at least one of the toolboxes. Unfortunately, their insurance is going to take months, maybe even years to pay out and I can’t afford to replace the toolboxes and tools myself at full price. If you could place just let me know I would really appreciate it.

I have attached photos of the toolboxes that I believe he had. I also attached before and after photos of our home in Paradise. You can see the toolboxes standing right in the middle of the ashes behind the garage door in the after photo.

Physically everyone made it out okay, but what remains of the place we all called home is devastating. I would really appreciate anything you can do to help out my family. Thank you so much in advance for your time.

 

Out of the 80+ companies that Laura has contacted, only four have responded. If you need a barbecue or custom made sign, please support Weber barbecues and Second to None Fabrication. These companies were awesome and we would love to see them rewarded for their generosity.

Those on Santa’s Naughty List? Snap-on Tools, KA_BAR knives, and Sentry Safe. On Sentry Safe’s website, they even state that, “Should your safe go through a fire, SentrySafe will send a replacement safe free of charge, so the things that matter most are protected for generations to come.” Not only would the above companies not replace the items, but they also refused to offer a discount.

It’s going to take time to contact businesses, but it may be worth the effort to start getting your life back together. We also hope that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the compassion and kindness you’ll find.

Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

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