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.