A jury in Missouri has awarded USD 72 million to the family of a woman whose death due to ovarian cancer could be linked to prolonged use of the iconic Johnson & Johnson baby powder – the first monetary award to over 1000 such cases pending in USA.

The award comprises USD 10 million in actual damages and USD 62 million in punitive damages.

The woman, Jackie Fox, died in October last year. Her civil suit is part of a broader claim involving around 60 people.

Following Ms. Fox’s death, her son Marvin Salter took over as plaintiff.

Salter, said his late mother, a foster parent, had used the talcum powder as a bathroom staple for decades.

A coalition of groups acting under the ‘Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ banner has been pressing Johnson & Johnson to remove suspect ingredients from its products, and finally, after three years of pressure, the company agreed in 2012 to eliminate 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, both considered probable human carcinogens, from all products by 2015.
The Johnson & Johnson products containing these ingredients include the ‘No tears’ Shampoo, apart from the talcum powder.

Source: http://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com

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