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By Jessica Surber, Attorney
English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP

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For decades, talcum powder was considered to be a perfectly safe part of a woman’s feminine hygiene routine. Women commonly applied it to their genital area as part of their daily routine.

However, new evidence has pointed to the link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder. Women are taking action against the companies who promoted this product as safe for use, even though executives knew there was a potential link between it and ovarian cancer.

Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products, is being sued by thousands of women across the country who believed that talcum powder was safe and even helpful to use. Just this week, a California jury handed out a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a case filed by a woman who developed ovarian cancer. This verdict includes $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages.

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medical device labWhen a doctor or surgeon recommends a particular medical device, such as a hip replacement, you probably assume that the device has been tested thoroughly, that it is safe and proven to be an effective treatment for your ailment. But recent studies have shown that this really isn’t the case, and that patients should be prepared to do their own research into medical devices prior to accepting a doctor or surgeon’s recommendation.

News stories and medical studies since 2011 have indicated there are problems with the process the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) uses to review and approve medical devices. The most recent news stories indicate that the data the FDA says it requires is often missing.

The latest story is a report from international news agency Reuters by reporter Andrew Seaman. The story was published on September 29, 2014. That article says that two new studies both indicate that medical devices are not tested thoroughly enough before being approved for implantation in the human body. The two most recent studies were published in JAMA Internal Medicine. You can read one of the studies here.

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