A woman in the US has been awarded £85MILLION after blaming her ovarian cancer on Johnson & Johnson baby powder. A jury in St Louis, Missouri, awarded the record sum to Lois Slemp, 62, of Wise, Virginia, in the latest court case against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson.
Slemp, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, blames her illness on her four-decade-long use of the company’s talcum powder products. The disease has now spread to her liver and she was too ill to attend the trial. But in an audiotape of her testimony played in court she said: “I trusted Johnson & Johnson – big mistake.”
A statement from the company said: “We are preparing for additional trials this year and we will continue to defend the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.” Much research has found no link or a weak one between ovarian cancer and the use of baby powder for feminine hygiene, and most major health groups have declared talc harmless. But the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies genital use of talc as “possibly carcinogenic”.