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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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Dr. Chris DeArmitt, who is a consultant to the top technology firms in America, told Sky News: “I see an absolute disregard for proper testing. Testing is way less than you would see on a vacuum cleaner or a washing machine. It’s shocking. I’ve never seen anything like it in my career.”

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This loophole in the FDA is called the 510(k) process and it has allowed millions of patients to be irreparably harmed – and even killed – by the very device that was intended to help them. Now after several decades of patient injuries, billions of dollars being fought over in court, and countless devices being pulled from market (too little, too late, we might add), the FDA is only now looking into changing this horrific flaw in their system.

What is the FDA’s 510(k) Process?

The FDA’s 510(k) process allows medical devices companies to quickly fast-track a product to market based on a pre-approved product. This idea came about decades ago with the purpose to promote innovation but has instead become a way for big companies to slip their products to market for high profits while avoiding expensive testing. This has caused several inexcusable problems to arise. Here’s one tragic example: 

Transvaginal Mesh

A medical device can be approved for market based on a previous model, even one that was recalled. This is what happened in the huge debacle involving vaginal mesh. Protegen was the first vaginal mesh product on the market, but was recalled due to patient harm. However, even after it was pulled, dozens of additional mesh devices were sold and implanted in patients based on this poor design. Currently, hundreds of thousands of women are suffering from mesh and many will have to live with chronic pain, the impossibility of holding down a job, and the inability to have sex with their partners for the rest of their lives. 

But this story includes many more products beyond vaginal mesh-like IVC filters to prevent blood clots, Essure female sterilization devices, hip replacement products, and countless others.  The New York Times reports that these fast-tracked devices have caused 80,000 deaths and more than two million injuries.

Change is in the Air 

Fortunately, with documentaries like The Bleeding Edge, social media groups criticizing the FDA’s process, and advocacy groups, the FDA is reevaluating how it approves devices for market. According to the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Network,

“For premarket review of 510(k) devices, on February 1, 2019, the FDA released a Final Guidance Document for the ‘Safety and Performance Based Pathway.’ This optional pathway consists of using criteria that involve conformance to FDA-recognized consensus standards, FDA guidance, and/or special controls. It enables 510(k) clearance for certain medical devices if the device meets these specific criteria, which should include safety and effectiveness (as opposed to the often ill-defined ‘substantial equivalence’ to predicate devices). The decision to use this new pathway is determined by manufacturers, although the FDA can disagree with this determination.”

While this is a step in the right direction by requiring device companies to prove safety and effectiveness, many think that these changes don’t go far enough towards protecting patient health. For instance, JAMA suggests that “legislation should mandate that 510(k) devices show improved safety and effectiveness compared with marketed devices for the same clinical purpose, using meaningful clinical criteria to gain clearance. Although these criteria will differ based on the intended use of the device, all criteria should be based on patient-oriented clinical outcomes.”

Additionally, once a product is approved for market, many times the post-market surveillance falls to the wayside. Medical devices should have a registry so that patients can know what devices are implanted in them, doctors can properly treat problems that may arise, and companies can monitor their products more effectively. Car parts are meticulously tracked, shouldn’t medical devices be all the more!?!

Too Little, Too Late

It’s great that the FDA is reviewing it’s 510(k) process that has been grossly overused and under monitored for decades, but what about those who have already been harmed by an agency that favored billion-dollar medical device companies over the health and wellness of patients?

One way that this FDA change was brought about was through the voices and bravery of those who were injured by these faulty medical devices. If you or a loved one had vaginal mesh and had corrective surgery, your voice needs to be heard. Please call Periscope Group today at (800) 511-3838. It’s time to hold medical device companies accountable for the unbearable pain they caused you. We want to hear your story and we want to help you if we can.

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“Moving From Substantial Equivalence to Substantial Improvement for 510(k) Devices”. JAMA Network. Accessed August 5, 2019. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2744408?fbclid=IwAR04Fkrn-A1NbJDUkuOOOU-EhA55G5kkXUYJWGIb8y-MftOdFTQ0hrk_Bl0
“Medical Device Testing: Too Much, or Not Enough?” ADMET. Accessed August 5, 2019. https://www.admet.com/medical-device-testing-too-much-or-not-enough/

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