Johnson & johnson Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit
Johnson & Johnson Expert Witness Downplays Talc-Cancer Connection
August 21, 2017
As a closely watched trial in California wound down, an epidemiologist testifying on behalf of talcum powder manufacturer Johnson & Johnson stated in court that the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer is weak.
Former National Cancer Institute researcher Douglas Weed refuted the central allegation of plaintiff Eva Echeverria, which is that prolonged exposure in the genital area to talcum powder and baby powder caused Echeverria’s terminal case of ovarian cancer.
Weed noted that the cancer “risk ratio” for talc is 1.3 – relatively low – but admitted under cross-examination that other known carcinogens have identical or lower indexes.
Echeverria is one of six women to file suit against J & J for the alleged link between the company’s talc products and the ovarian cancer with which each of the six plaintiffs has been diagnosed. Johnson & Johnson recently lost four of five talc trials in Missouri, and has been ordered to pay more than $300 million in the cases.
The jury is set to commence their deliberations this week.
If you have ovarian cancer, and are a longtime user of talcum powder products, your health could be at risk. Contact your doctor immediately, then contact TheLawFirm.com. You may be entitled to join an existing lawsuit, or to file a lawsuit of your own.
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