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August 2019 (Vol. 4 Issue 6)

Talc does cause cancer, says court, and orders a $55m pay-out
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

Talc does cause cancer, says court, and orders a $55m pay-out image

Drugs giant Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $55m to a woman who developed ovarian cancer after she used their Baby Powder talc for years. It’s the second award this year, and another 1,200 claims are waiting in the wings.

A Missouri state court has accepted that the talcum powder caused Gloria Ristesund’s ovarian cancer, which resulted in an hysterectomy and surgery. Her cancer is now in remission. She was awarded $5m in compensatory damages and $50m in punitive damages.

It follows a ruling last February when Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72m in damages to the family of another long-time user of the talc who had died from her ovarian cancer.

Talc in its mineral form does contain asbestos, a known carcinogen, but manufacturers have removed it since the 1970s. Studies about the cancer-causing effects of talc since then have not been conclusive, although the US courts seem to be convinced of a link.


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(Source: BBC, May 3, 2016)

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