For decades, millions of women have used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder and their Shower to Shower brand as part of a daily hygiene routine. Recent court documents, however, reveal Johnson & Johnson has been in possession of scientific studies indicating women who regularly use these products for hygienic use have higher rates of ovarian cancer diagnoses.
While Johnson & Johnson has denied this knowledge, a jury recently found them responsible in an ovarian cancer wrongful death lawsuit and awarded the plaintiff’s family $72 million dollars in damages.
2019 Update: Johnson & Johnson has issued a voluntary recall of its baby powder products after trace amounts of chrysotile asbestos, a cancer-causing substance, was found in the product. The recall is for one batch of baby powder, lot number 22318RB, and includes products produced and shipped in the U.S. in 2018.