July 11, 2016 — A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the husband of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using talcum powder.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on June 29 (Case No. 1:16-cv-06847).
Musgrove was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2012. After a two-year battle with cancer, she died in June 2014.
The lawsuit claims Johnson & Johnson knew about the risk of cancer from talcum powder and could have used cornstarch, an organic carbohydrate that is broken down by the body with no known health effects. Cornstarch powders are nearly as effective as talc.
Lawyers also say Johnson & Johnson specifically marketed baby powder to adult women with slogans like, “A sprinkle a day keeps odor away.” In the 1970s, the first study linking talc and ovarian cancer was published by Dr. W.J. Henderson.
In 1982, an epidemiological study found a 92% increased risk of ovarian cancer among women who used talcum powder genitally. Since then, approximately 22 studies have found a possible risk.
More than 1,000 women or their families have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson. Earlier this year, a jury in St. Louis awarded $72 million to the family of a woman from Alabama who died of ovarian cancer. In May, another jury in St. Louis awarded $55 million in a similar case.
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