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What They Knew

According to ConsumerSafety.org, “The connection [between talc and ovarian cancer] was first suggested in 1971, when a group of gynecologic oncologists noticed that 75% of the tumors they investigated contained talc particles. Since then, many researchers have agreed that talc use increases the risk of developing cancer. Recently, a report from May 2016 determined that 63% of women with ovarian cancer had dusted themselves with talcum powder.”

There are two distinct theories as to how talcum powder causes ovarian cancer. The first explains that when talcum powder is applied to the genitals, it can travel up the fallopian tubes and into the ovaries. This may irritate the tissue causing cells to irregularly multiple resulting in cancer. A second (and more recent) conclusion is that some talcum powder is contaminated with asbestos, a well-known carcinogen. Talc and asbestos are closely related: both are silicate minerals and both talc and amphibole asbestos – known as tremolite – are created by the same geologic processes and are both are forms of magnesium silicate. Many talc mines were contaminated with these tremolite asbestos fibers and then were made into talc products. Talc products have been tested for asbestos since the 1970’s, but according to two recent trials held in March and May 2018, the asbestos found in current talcum powder resulted in two patients being diagnosed with cancer (one in 2016).

When They Knew

Johnson & Johnson has known since 1971 that their baby powder could cause cancer, and yet they continue to deny these claims. The least that this billion dollar company can do is put a warning label on their product, and yet they refuse to do so because they believe that it will confuse their buyers. However, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which bought J&J’s Shower to Shower brand, has a label on their talcum powder that currently states that is it, “intended for external use only” and that, “frequent application of talcum powder in the female genital area may increase the risk of ovarian cancer.”

What Can You Do?

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be able to join the more than 6,000 other women who have filed claims against Johnson & Johnson. You may qualify if you:

  • Were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after 2006
  • Applied J&J’s baby powder to your genitals once a week for four years or once a day for two years or more.
  • Had major surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy after 2006
  • Had a loved one who died after 2006 due to ovarian cancer

You were never warned of the risk of using baby powder and Johnson & Johnson put sales above warning their faithful consumers. Contact us today. We would love to hear your story.

Talcum Powder Warnings In The News

BREAKING (10/22/19): Johnson & Johnson CEO testified Baby Powder was safe 13 days before FDA bombshell

Facing off against a plaintiff’s lawyer for the first time about Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, the company’s Chief Executive Alex Gorsky earlier this month insisted that the company’s iconic brand was safe.

“We unequivocally believe that our talc and our baby powder does not contain asbestos,” Gorsky testified in an Oct. 3 deposition in a case involving a retired Indiana college professor who alleges his cancer was caused by the Baby Powder he used for decades. The deposition has not been previously reported.

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7/31/19: J&J Tried To Invade Atty Privilege In Talc Case, Judge Told

Counsel for a mesothelioma victim accused a Johnson & Johnson lawyer of trying to invade upon attorney-client privilege at a New Jersey state trial Wednesday by asking his client whether he had previously said attorneys were the first to tell him that the company’s baby powder caused his cancer.

In an apparent reference to his deposition testimony, J&J attorney Diane Sullivan of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP posed that question during her cross-examination of Will Ronning before a nine-member jury at a trial over claims that he and three other people developed the fatal disease by using the product.

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7/29/19: Cancer Patients Breathed In 'Clouds' Of J&J Talc, Jury Told

Four mesothelioma patients who claimed Johnson & Johnson never warned them its talcum powder contained asbestos breathed in “clouds” of…

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7/27/19: New Research Shows How Talc May Cause Cancer

Groundbreaking new research by doctors and scientists at Wayne State University provides evidence of a potential mechanism for how talc triggers the cancerous changes. Their studies demonstrate how talc causes inflammation of ovarian cells that promotes cancer growth.

In the laboratory, the research team applied talcum powder to both normal ovarian cell lines and ovarian cancer cell lines. In both cases, adding the talc created an oxidative state — a chemical imbalance that stresses cells and promotes malignant changes.

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3/14/19: California jury awards $29 million to woman with cancer who used J&J talc

A California jury on Wednesday awarded $29 million to a woman who said that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum-powder-based products caused her cancer.

The verdict, in California Superior Court in Oakland, marks the latest defeat for the healthcare conglomerate facing more than 13,000 talc-related lawsuits nationwide.

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3/6/19: Did Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder Contain Asbestos? The U.S. Justice Dept. Has Subpoenaed J&J to Find Out

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder is suspected of being contaminated with asbestos between the 1970s – 2000s. The SEC is reviewing company docs to find out the truth. Read more here.

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7/13/18: J&J’s Talcum Powder is Blamed for Ovarian Cancer, Victims Awarded over $4 Billion

Yesterday in St. Louis, a jury decided that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder is to blame for causing ovarian cancer in the 22 plaintiffs represented. The jury awarded $550 million in actual damages and $4 billion in punitive damages which means that each family who sued will potentially receive approximately $25 million.

While there have been previous trials in which women have claimed that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer, what makes this one different is the argument that their cancer was caused by the asbestos allegedly found in this product. Furthermore, this is the first trial where documentation was presented revealing that the leadership of J&J knew that there was asbestos found in their product and yet failed to warn consumers.

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5/25/18: J&J Jury Asks Judge to Slap Cancer Warning on Baby Powder

If Johnson & Johnson won’t put a warning on its baby powder that it may be tainted with asbestos, some jurors were ready to do it for them.

A California jury weighing J&J’s punishment over its handling of its iconic baby powder asked a judge May 24 if they could force the company to warn consumers that its Johnson’s Baby Powder could be contaminated with asbestos, according to the law firm that won the case against the health-care giant.

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5/23/18: J&j Hit With $21.7 Million Verdict in Another Talc Asbestos Cancer Case

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) and its talc suppliers on Wednesday were hit with a $21.7 million jury verdict in a lawsuit by a woman who said she developed cancer after being exposed to asbestos in the company’s Baby Powder.

The verdict by a Los Angeles jury came down in the case of 68-year-old Joanne Anderson, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer closely linked to asbestos exposure, and marked the second trial loss for J&J over similar allegations.

Of the $21.7 million the jury awarded in compensatory damages, J&J was assigned 67 percent, with the rest distributed among other defendants.

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5/21/18: Johnson & Johnson Continues to Battle in Court Over Cancer Causing Baby Powder

For decades Johnson & Johnson, the makers of the iconic baby powder, have denied claims that their product contains traces of potentially carcinogenic (cancer causing) asbestos. However, recent trials have determined that J&J’s baby powder is to blame for two victims who were diagnosed with mesothelioma. Current, a third trial is taking place in St. Louis involving 22 women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using this product. The evidence presented in these trials could impact the outcome of future cases concerning J&J and the link between talcum powder, asbestos, and cancer.

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4/11/18: Does Talcum Powder Cause Cancer? A Legal and Scientific Battle Rages

Visitors who walk into Deborah Giannecchini’s ranch house in Modesto, California, will notice a well-tended garden, four small dogs who greet every visitor with enthusiasm and a sign that hangs prominently displayed in her living room that reads “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.”

She got it when she was 62 years old, after she married her husband, Leland, but it could also represent her current mission: to help other women avoid the pain she’s experienced and allow them to have their own happy endings.

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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.”

No Testing, Fast Approval, Injured Patients: Is the FDA Finally Listening to Mesh Survivors?

You might be wondering “Testing for what?” You would probably be shocked to find out that “more than 90 percent of medical devices do not require proof that they have been clinically tested and found to be safe and effective prior to FDA clearance for distribution or sale,” shares Consumers Union project director Lisa McGiffert in an article from the Fowler Tribune.

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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“Vaginal mesh: Tests on plastic material ‘way less’ thorough than on washing machine”. Sky News. Accessed August 5, 2019. https://news.sky.com/story/vaginal-mesh-tests-on-plastic-material-way-less-thorough-than-on-washing-machine-11772530?fbclid=IwAR0ieT27Sh1V8q53Vt7y3BH2PK1M9akqoLCAFvnf1JskMeAOu10yvzgEi20
“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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