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Johnson and Johnson Hernia Mesh Harming Women

Another Johnson and Johnson product is receiving adverse reports for complications and mesh failure. This product is the Johnson and Johnson Ethicon hernia mesh. In our continuing attempt to help women injured by dangerous drugs, devices and consumer products, we have lawyers filing hernia mesh lawsuits for victims.

Physiomesh Causing Complications

 

The Physiomesh is a flexible composite mesh that is used in hernia repair.  It is made from  polypropylene, the same  mesh is also used to reinforce the vaginal wall in transvaginal mesh surgery.  This the same vaginal mesh that has been falling apart in women.

Johnson and Johnson Withdraws Physiomesh

In May of 2016, Ethicon  issued a worldwide recall of Physiomesh. The recall was based on the fact that the medical product was associated with a higher risk of  complications, including the need for additional surgeries. Many women who underwent hernia repair surgeries that used Physiomesh experienced mesh failure  events.

What Are The Dangers of Physiomesh?

Abdominal pain;
Necessary revision surgery to remove Physiomesh;
Recurrence of hernia;
Infection;
Erosion;
Perforations;
Device failure;
Bowel obstruction;
Fever;
Constipation;
Mesh migration;
Mesh contraction;
Intestinal fistulae;
Sepsis;
Diarrhea; and
death.

FDA On Physiomesh

A November 2010 report notes  “tears, rips, holes in device” are reported, leading to “minimal adhesion” and removal of the mesh. A February 2012 report in which a patient, who underwent hernia repair surgery that used Physiomesh, returned one week  after surgery with complaints of vomiting, constipation, and abdominal pain and distention. The  symptoms were a result of the Physiomesh. Ethicon did issue a voluntary recall  and was not mandated by the FDA to do so.

Physiomesh Lawyers Filing Physiomesh Lawsuits

Have you had  hernia repair surgery and have experienced any symptoms of mesh failure?  Contact us for a physiomesh lawyer.

Also Accepting:

Ethicon Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Physiomesh
Proceed
Covidien
Parietex

Atrium Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

C-Qur
Bard/ Davol Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Visilex
Composix
Composix EX
Spermatex
3D Max
Sepramesh
Perfix Plug
Ventralex
Kugel
Cook Hernia Mesh

 

 

 

 

What Is Talc?

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is always seeking articles we believe will be of interest to our readers.  Talcum Powder  products causing ovarian cancer have resulted in an onslaught of lawsuits across the country. Talcum Powder is made from Talc. But, what exactly is Talc?
Talc is a hydrous magnesium silicate mineral with a chemical composition of Mg3Si4O10(OH)2. If you are not a chemist you probably have no idea what that means. In lay terms, Talcum powder is made from talc. Talc is a mineral made up of  magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Talc is usually green, white, gray, brown, or colorless. It is a translucent mineral with a pearly luster.

About Talc In the US

The United States is self-sufficient for most types of talc used in manufacturing. Estimated 2011 production was 615,000 metric tons with a value of about $20 million. Three companies in the United States account for nearly 100% of the country’s production.

How Does Talc Form?
Talc is a mineral that is most often found in the metamorphic rocks of convergent plate boundaries. It forms from at least two processes. Most large talc deposits in the United States formed when heated waters carrying dissolved magnesium and silica reacted with dolomitic marbles. A second process of talc formation occurred when heat and chemically active fluids altered rocks such as dunite and serpentinite into talc.
Talc Mining In The US
Most talc in the United States is produced from an open pit mine where the rock is drilled, blasted, and partially crushed in the mining operation. The highest grade ores are produced by selective mining and sorting operations.

Great care is taken during the mining process to avoid contaminating the talc with other rock materials. These other materials can have an adverse effect on the color of the product. Contamination can introduce hard particles that cause problems in applications where talc is being used because of its softness or lubricating properties.

Partially crushed rock is taken from the mine to a mill, where it is further reduced in particle size. Impurities are sometimes removed by froth flotation or mechanical processing. The mills produce crushed or finely ground talc that meets customer requirements for particle size, brightness, composition, and other properties.
Uses of Talc: Talc is used as a filler, coating, pigment, dusting agent and extender in plastics, ceramics, paint, paper, cosmetics, roofing, rubber and many other products.

Talc Information

U.S. Talc — Baby Powder and Much More: U.S. Geological Survey, Fact Sheet FS-065-00, September 2000.

Talc in Cosmetics: United States Food and Drug Administration, website article, last accessed August 2016.

Use Of Talc in Cosmetics and Antiperspirants
Finely ground talc is used as the powder base of many cosmetic products. The tiny platelets of a talc powder readily adhere to the skin but can be washed off easily. Talc’s softness allows it to be applied and removed without causing skin abrasion.

Talc also has the ability to absorb oils and perspiration produced by human skin. The ability of talc to absorb moisture, absorb odor, adhere to the skin, serve as a lubricant, and produce an astringent effect in contact with human skin make it an important ingredient in many antiperspirants. In 2011, about 7% of the talc consumed in the United States was used to make cosmetics and antiperspirant.

Talc and asbestos occur naturally and may occur in close proximity in some metamorphic rocks. Studies published in the 1960s and 1970s identified health concerns about the use of talc that contains asbestos in some cosmetic products.

According to the FDA, “These studies have not conclusively demonstrated such a link, or if such a link existed, what risk factors might be involved.” To address these concerns, talc mining sites are now carefully selected and ores are carefully processed to avoid the presence of asbestos in talc destined for use in the cosmetics industry.

Talc used in Talcum powder has been associated with the development of ovarian cancer due to inflammation

 

 

History Of Talcum Powder | Talcum Powder Warnings

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is receiving a huge influx of calls on a daily basis from women or family members asking questions about the link between Talcum Powder and ovarian cancer. They cannot believe that they were never warned of the dangers. Many have lost a loved on to this dreaded disease. They watched their mother use this product daily to “dust off.” The Talcum Powder lawsuit Helpline continues to offer information we feel would be of interest to our followers. The long history of Talcum powder was of interest to us and we researched it to get a prospective on the ovarian cancer link. It has been around a long time. We find this overview and timeline online and are sharing it with you.

What Is The History Of Talcum Powder?
Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder has been around for more than a century. It was developed by the pharmaceutical company in 1983. It has been  used by generations of families to prevent diaper rash and other minor skin irritations.  The label on the original tin can that stated the powder was “For Toilet and Nursery.”  J&J enjoyed a reputation as “the Baby Company.” Its Baby Powder  was considered one of the most familiar and trusted brands in the world. Johnson & Johnson began marketing its talcum powder products to women, as a way to stay fresh and prevent vaginal odors.  This is now  been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

The following is a timeline of of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products.

 

Talcum Powder Timeline
1890s – J&J’s director of scientific affairs, Frederick Kilmer, sends small containers of Italian talc to patients who suffered skin irritations after using medicated plasters, to help relieve the irritation.

1893 – Johnson’s Baby Powder is introduced. At first, it is distributed to midwives and mothers following childbirth. Soon, it becomes so popular that J&J begins selling it in drugstores.

1913 – J&J begins using the tagline “Best for the Baby – Best for You” in advertising material, marketing its baby powder and other products to adults.

1960s – The American Academy of Pediatrics warns against the use of talc-based baby powders, due to the risk of aspiration.

1961 – The medical journal Fertility and Sterility publishes research indicating that carbon particles similar to those found in talc may migrate to the ovaries in women who use talcum powder on their genital area.

1970s – Johnson & Johnson begins marketing its baby powder and other products to families, encouraging so-called “family usage.”

1970s – The chemical similarity between talc and asbestos provides the basis for concerns about the potential for perineal talcum powder use to cause ovarian cancer in women.

1971 – British researchers analyze 13 ovarian tumors and find particles of talc deeply embedded in 10 of them.

1980s – Johnson & Johnson earns a reputation for making baby products that are “exceptionally pure and safe.” The Johnson’s Baby brand becomes popular among adults due to the perception that “baby products are milder than others.”

1982 – The first study linking perineal use of talcum powder to an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women is published by researchers from Harvard, who find that using talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 92%.

1985 – At this time, 70% of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder in the United States is used by adults.

2006 – The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies talc as “possibly carcinogenic (cancer causing) to humans.”

2013 – The first woman to file a talcum powder lawsuit against J&J turns down a $1.3 million settlement in favor of taking her case to trial and raising awareness about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.

June 2013 – Cancer Prevention Research publishes a study indicating that women who use talc-based powders on their genital area may face a 20% to 30% higher risk of ovarian cancer.

October 2014 – Research published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health warns that talcum powder may cause mesothelioma side effects in women.

May 2015 – A jury in Los Angeles orders Colgate-Palmolive to pay $12.4 million in a lawsuit filed over mesothelioma side effects allegedly caused by exposure to the company’s asbestos-containing talcum powder.

February 2016 – A St. Louis jury orders Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based body powders.

April 2016 – A Bloomberg Businessweek report indicates that J&J knew as early as 1971 about the potential for talc-based baby powders to cause ovarian cancer in women, yet continued to encourage women to use its talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product.

May 2016 – A woman who developed ovarian cancer after using J&J talcum powder for several decades is awarded $55 million in damages by a jury in the same St. Louis courthouse.

May 2016 – Internal memos indicate that J&J may have manipulated research and lied to the public about the dangers of talcum powder.

May 2016 – A study published in the medical journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention finds that the risk of ovarian cancer from talcum powder may be higher among African-American women.

June 2016 – A New York Times report reveals that the company that supplied J&J with talc for its baby powder and body powder products warned as early as 2006, that talc may increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women, but this warning never made it to the talcum powder label.

Talcum powder products like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower To Shower have been around for over a century. When did Johnson and Johnson know that their products could cause ovarian cancer. Why did they let you use it for years. But, even more importantly, how dare they market it for use “down there” when they knw it could cause ovarian cancer.

If you or a family member used these products for years to keep dry, you must join other families and woman who are filing Talcum Powder ovarian cancer lawsuits. This product must be removed from the shelves or a clear warning be put on it.

 

 

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Consolidation Update

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline keeps you updated on all the latest news on the Talcum Powder lawsuits. We have just found out that the Talcum Powder Victims  in Illinois Class Action Will  Oppose Creation of An MDL Docket.

An MDL consolidates all nationwide Talcum Powder Lawsuits in one location under one judge in a court district, The idea of an MDL is to make the litigation process easier.

Plaintiffs involved in the Talcum Powder  lawsuits  pending in Illinois federal court will oppose the recent motion to create a multi-district litigation docket for talcum powder claims. Very often an MDL moves closer to a settlement offer from the manufacturer. It is possible that the lawyers  feel the will have better luck keeping the litigation at a local level.

According to an Aug. 1 docket entry entered in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, a status conference was held  and a motion had been filed to transfer this case into an MDL.

The Plaintiffs will be opposing the motion.

 

Ovarian Cancer Resources

National Cancer Information Center toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345.
American Cancer Society (1-800-227-2345)

Foundation for Women’s Cancer (formerly Gynecologic Cancer Foundation)

Has a directory of trained gynecologic oncologists practicing in the US; free information; and an online “survivor section” featuring articles on personal issues such as fertility, sexuality and quality of life aimed at creating an online community for women with cancer.

Toll-free number: 1-800-444-4441
Website: www.foundationforwomenscancer.org

Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry
Offers literature on ovarian cancer, referrals to available support groups nationwide, a hotline staffed by cancer information specialists, and an online version of the Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry Newsletter

Toll-free number: 1-800-OVARIAN (1-800-682-7426)
Website: www.ovariancancer.com

National Cancer Institute
Their Cancer Information Service offers free, accurate, up-to-date information about cancer to patients, their families, and the general public; also can help people find clinical trials in their area.

Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER)
TYY: 1-800-332-8615
Website: www.cancer.gov

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)

The NCCN, made up of experts from many of the nation’s leading cancer centers, develops cancer treatment guidelines for doctors to use when treating patients. Those are available on the NCCN website.

Telephone number: 1-215.690.0300

Website: www. www.nccn.org

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Services include: Information and materials on ovarian cancer (many available in Spanish); events throughout the country promoting awareness and education; the NOCC, a quarterly newsletter; clinical trial information and access; and a free Newly Diagnosed Patient Kit with a resource guide, book of survivor stories, personal journal, stories of Hope DVD and more

Toll-free number: 1-888-682-7426 (1-888-OVARIAN)
Website: www.ovarian.org

womenshealth.gov
Offers a lot of information on women’s health issues − including cancers in women

Toll-free number: 1-800-994-9662 (1-800-994-WOMAN)
TTY: 1-888-220-5446
Website: www.womenshealth.gov

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
This survivor-led group offers information specific to survivors, newly diagnosed patients, family, and friends; public education and awareness programs; Fact Sheets covering ovarian cancer, treatment, and other related issues; quarterly e-newsletters; treatment and clinical trials information; and their online store, Shop Teal, with items such as wristbands, awareness ribbons, etc.

Telephone number: 1-866-399-6262
Website: www.ovariancancer.org

American Cancer Society
We have a lot more information that you might find helpful. Explore www.cancer.org or
call our National Cancer Information Center toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345.

Foundation for Women’s Cancer (formerly Gynecologic Cancer Foundation)
Toll-free number: 1-800-444-4441
Website: www.foundationforwomenscancer.org
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Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry
Toll-free number: 1-800-OVARIAN (1-800-682-7426)
Website: www.ovariancancer.com

Possible New Aggressive Ovarian Cancer Treatment In The News

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline offers resources, new ovarian cancer treatment news, updates on the Talcum Powder lawsuits, and qualified experienced Talcum Powder lawsuit attorneys.

We found this article on new Ovarian cancer treatment studies and offer it to our readers. A new study points to  MicroRNA molecule’s role in cancer gene expression to be more important than previously thought
Date:
May 5, 2016
Source:
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Summary:
Small, non-coding molecules called microRNAs are known to play an important role in cancer development. Researchers now have shown their significance is greater than previously thought, a finding that could lead to new therapeutic approaches for the most common and deadly form of ovarian cancer.

 The New Facts
Small, non-coding molecules called microRNAs are known to play an important role in cancer development. Researchers now have shown their significance is greater than previously thought, a finding that could lead to new therapeutic approaches for the most common and deadly form of ovarian cancer.

The study results, published in the May 5, 2016 online issue of Cell Reports, were reported by a team led by Gordon Mills, Ph.D., chair of Systems Biology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“MicroRNAs appear to have evolved to regulate cellular functions through having many different targets, and were thought to function mainly through down regulating the levels or functions of messenger RNA,” said Mills. “Remarkably, this study shows that microRNAs can also up regulate the expression of key cancer genes directly. This suggests that the mechanisms by which microRNAs regulate cellular function are much broader than was generally accepted.”

The team, using data from The Cancer Genome Atlas, zeroed in on the biochemical interplay between a transcription factor, STAT3, which has been associated with poor outcome in ovarian cancer patients when present in high levels, and a microRNA called miR551b. This little-studied microRNA now has been shown to impact STAT3 protein levels, contributing to resistance to cell death and increased proliferation of cancer cells both in vivo and in vitro. Mills believes this points to miR551b as a “promising candidate biomarker and therapeutic target.”

“The study supports the concept that targeting miR551b expression could block STAT3 activity, and prove useful for treating ovarian cancers,” said Mills. “We believe these findings warrant further evaluation of anti-miR therapies.”

To explore the potential of miR551b as a therapeutic target, Mills’ team treated mice with an anti-miR551b therapy, twice a week for a month and observed markedly decreased tumor growth.

“Our results demonstrate the therapeutic potential of anti-miR551b in treating ovarian cancers with high levels of miR551b,” said Mills. “Future studies will need to examine the activity of combination therapy of anti-miR551b with other therapeutic interventions.”

If you believe your ovarian cancer diagnosis is due to years of using Talcum powder contact us today.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Helpline Launched

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Helpline ” Pink Site”

The helpline ” Pink Sites”, woman’s drugs and devices harming woman group that helped 1000’s of woman with the Vaginal Mesh Helpline has launched a Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Helpline.

Now , after decades of using Talcum Powder products to dry off on their genital area, woman are learning that there is a risk of these talc particles traveling, settling in the ovaries and resulting in the dreaded diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

A woman was just awarded $72 million after the jury decided there was proof enough to link her ovarian cancer to the use of these products daily for decades.

The Talcum Powder  Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Helpline is more then just experienced Talcum Powder lawsuit lawyers. We are managed by a female medical social worker with over 20 years experience in both medical counseling and working with attorneys. She has helped 1000’s of woman injured by manufacturers of drugs and devices and connected them to highly qualified lawyers.

We have a special concern for woman whose lives have been altered by pharmaceutical companies that have chosen profits over people.

Every day woman between the ages of 40 and 60 are calling with an ovarian cancer diagnosis.  They are horrified that they were never warned that a household staple like Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower To Shower could be the cause of their  ovarian cancer diagnosis. “Woman are terrified now that they realize they may have ovarian cancer from Talcum Powder as they consider that they used these products for decades.”

It is important for woman between the ages of 40 and 60 who used Talcum powder products to see their doctor and get tested for ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is a silent killer and once the symptoms appear it could be too late. The 2 tests used most often to screen for ovarian cancer are transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS) and the CA-125 blood test. TVUS is a test that uses sound waves to look at the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries by putting an ultrasound wand into the vagina.

The helpline has qualified and experienced female lawyers and lead counsels in their  network. Ovarian cancer Helpline lawyers have been dedicated to the representation of class action claims involving defective medical products harming women for many years.

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Women who have used Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder and Shower To Shower Talcum powder are filing lawsuits for ovarian cancer. The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is connecting women to qualified female Talcum Powder lawyers and lead counsels to assist them in filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers.