Is it true that Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturers of Johnson’s Baby Powder knew of the connection between talc in its powder and ovarian cancer, but hid it from the public?

Yes, that is what we at Stern Law believe the evidence indicates. In February 2016, a jury ruled in favor the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder for many years. That jury was shown J&J company documents that allegedly show the company was warned of the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer by its own medical consultants. These documents have not been made public. However, a 1992 memo that suggests J&J target African American and Hispanic women with advertising to increase their use of body powder also acknowledges “negative publicity” about talc and its “cancer linkage.” Additionally, Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier added warning labels to its shipments in 2006 indicating a potential link to ovarian cancer, but J&J has not put any warnings on its products. And, of course, there are many public studies dating to 1971 that indicate an increased risk of ovarian cancer among women who use talcum powder.

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