US court orders J&J to pay 494 crore to woman’s family for cancer related death

Washington: A US court has ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million (Rs 4934696400 crore) to the family of a woman, who blamed her fatal ovarian cancer on the company’s talcum powder.

A jury in St. Louis, Missouri on Monday concluded that the company should pay $10 million in compensatory damage and $62 million in punitive damages to the family of Jacqueline Fox, who died of ovarian cancer last year after using Johnson’s baby powder and other talc based product for years, Bloomberg reported.

Mrs. Fox, who lived in Birmingham, Alabama, had claimed that she had been using Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower for feminine hygiene for over 35 years before being diagnosed of ovarian cancer last year.

Though many talcum powder manufacturer have switched to cornstarch following health scare, J&J continues to offer both talc and cornstarch alternatives, while maintaining that the substance is safe to use.  

J&J is facing 1,200 lawsuits in the US from the customers who have claimed that they were not warned about the risks of using various products.

Meanwhile, the company has expressed its disappointment over the verdict while insisting that its products were safe to use, Telegraph wrote.

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