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Johnson & Johnson to Pay US Woman $110 million in Suit Linking Its Baby Powder, Shower Talc to Cancer

A jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay a Virginia woman $110 million in compensation for the ovarian cancer she acquired due to the company’s talc products, The Strait Times reports. Thousands of similar lawsuits are pending, accusing the company of both ignoring studies linking cancer to their products, and of failing to warn customers about the risk.

This is not the first successful lawsuit against this company and, with more than 20 studies linking the use of talcum powder around the genital area to ovarian cancer in women, I predict it won’t be the last. Some of these studies date back to 1971, when researchers found talc particles embedded in a majority of the ovarian tumors investigated — proving J&J has known about these risks for over 40 years.

J&J has a long history of corporate malfeasance. AllBusiness.com named J&J as one of the Top 100 Corporate Criminals of the 1990s. They weren’t alone: In all, 19 drug companies made that criminal list, and if it were to be compiled again, there would probably be more, especially after the enactment of the 21st Century Cures Act in December 2016.

This act paves the way for experimental drugs and fast-tracked vaccines to come to market without the completion of randomized, controlled human clinical trials that have been the standard in the past. The thinking is that loosening the requirements will get lifesaving drugs to market, faster. But, as shown in the past, it won’t guarantee safety. The only way to fight this is to be your own advocate. Read labels. Look for “USDA 100% Organic” on the products.

Or, better yet, make your own. A slew of lotions, potions and hair treatments can be eliminated with a jar of coconut oil, for example, to which you can add a high-quality essential oil, if you like, for scent. And use cornstarch in place of talc, or preferably skip it altogether.
 
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