Former fda scientist testifies that talcum powder poses no cancer risk
Former FDA Scientist Testifies that Talc Poses No Cancer Risk
August 16, 2017
On the witness stand in a closely watched trial in Los Angeles, Alan Andersen, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration scientist and former director of the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, testified on behalf of Johnson & Johnson that talcum powder is safe and did not cause plaintiff Eva Echeverria’s terminal ovarian cancer.
Andersen said that talc’s effect on human cells is “unremarkable,” and might even function as an anticancer agent.
The jury in the trial has heard from several expert witnesses whose opinions on the carcinogenic risks of long-term exposure to talc is varied, to say the least.
Central to the plaintiff’s case is that Johnson & Johnson knew that talc was potentially carcinogenic, but that the company failed to include a warning label to that effect on its numerous talc-containing products.
Echeverria has been given only months to live by her doctors. Her case is the first of six California talc cases to be heard. Of five recent talc trials in the state of Missouri, Johnson & Johnson lost four, and was ordered to pay out more than $300 million.
The verdict in the Los Angeles trial stands to set a legal precedent for future lawsuits involving talcum powder products.
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