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Case linking ovarian cancer to baby powder costs Johnson & Johnson $72m

By WITW Staff on February 24, 2016

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered by a Missouri judge to pay $72 million dollar to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer, which she claimed was caused by talcum powder in their products. Jacqueline Fox, who died in October at the age of 62 after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer had used the firm’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for more than 35 years, but alleged that the pharmaceutical giant had failed to warn customers that talcum-based products could cause cancer. Jere Beasley, a lawyer for the Fox family told reporters Johnson & Johnson “knew as far back as the 1980s of the risk,” yet kept lying to the public and regulatory agencies. Some 1,000 similar cases have been filed in Missouri state court, but this is the first time a U.S. jury has actually awarded damages over the claims. A spokesman for the company issued a statement, saying:  “We have no higher responsibility than the health and safety of consumers, and we are disappointed with the outcome of the trial. We sympathize with the plaintiff’s family but firmly believe the safety of cosmetic talc is supported by decades of scientific evidence.”

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