Johnson & Johnson, which plans to appeal the court’s decision, finds itself in the middle of multi-decade debate on the medical impact of talc thanks to its past campaigns that encouraged the use of powder for feminine hygiene.
This isn’t the first complaint — more like the 9,000th
The 22 women in this case are among plaintiffs who claim that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products has caused ovarian cancer and other medical problems. In its natural form, talc contains asbestos, a chemical known to cause cancer when inhaled.
Scientific debate continues, and so will the lawsuit
Now, J&J “pursue all available appellate remedies” to get the recent ruling overturned. Given the disagreement within the medical community, it has a good chance of winning its appeal — it has successfully appealed numerous talc cases in the past.
Sweeping the powder under the rug
Regardless of how the case ends, J&J’s denial of wrongdoing sounds familiar: A big brand denies health risks and then sweeps old, unproven marketing under the rug when science finally calls BS.