29 Oct '16, 3pm

Jury awards US$70 million to woman who claims Johnson & Johnson baby talc powder gave her ovarian cancer

Jury awards US$70 million to woman who claims Johnson & Johnson baby talc powder gave her ovarian cancer

On Oct 28, Deborah Giannecchini, 62, was awarded by jurors US$70 million (SG$97.46 million) after she sued Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Her suit alleges that the pharmaceutical company’s baby powder causes ovarian cancer. The suit was heard in St Louis, Missouri. Giannecchini had been using the powder for over 40 years to keep her genital area dry, but stopped three years ago after contracting ovarian cancer. Her lawyers said that there is a 80 per cent chance she will not live past the next two years despite treatment. J&J has said it would appeal the decision. The company’s spokesperson said, “We will appeal today’s verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.” Previously, the family of Jackie Fox, an individual who died from ovarian cancer, sued J&J over similar grounds. The family was awarded US$70 million by jurors as w...

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