A Jury in Los Angeles has ordered Johnson and Johnson (J & J) Company to pay $417 to a 63-year-old Cancer patient, Eva Echeverria. Eva is suffering from Ovarian Cancer and blames Johnson baby powder the reason for her illness.
The Jury award which is always against J & J lost most of the trails in court which claims that Johnson baby powder and Shower to Shower powder cause Ovarian Cancer. However, Johnson Company denies any link to their powder and disease.
Eva, too sick to appear in the court was awarded $70 million in compensatory damages and $357 million in punitive damages which sum up to $417 million. This is so far the largest pay-out for a case related to cancer and talcum powder.
Carol Goodrich, spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson, Ovarian Cancer is a destructive diagnosis, and we genuinely feel for the women and families impacted by the disease. She added, “We will appeal today’s verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.”
The issue whether talcum baby powder will lead to Ovarian Cancer is highly debated and still unclear. Talc is a naturally occurring clay material composed of Magnesium, Oxygen, Silicon, and Hydrogen. It is closely associated with Asbestos, set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals. Since 1970’s, there is a strict quality control that no talcum powder could contain Asbestos.
There are above 4,800 similar claims nationally, four lawsuits in Missouri where Johnson and Johnson dished out more than $300 million total damages. The complainant who was awarded $72 million in damages died before the pay-out.
The National Cancer Institute stated, there no enough proof backing the direct relationship between Asbestos-free talc and Ovarian Cancer. A study by Women’s Health Initiative, only 0.7% of the women using talcum powder developed Ovarian Cancer.
Joellen Schildkraut, a professor of public health sciences at the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine, we are uncertain about talc’s effect on the ovaries. She added we need to understand the mechanism, if there is one.