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May 26, 2020

Johnson & Johnson Takes Baby Powder Off The Market In U.S. And Canada

Last week, Johnson & Johnson announced that it will discontinue sales of talcum-based baby powder in the U.S. and Canada, which it has sold since 1894. America’s litigation-friendly legal system has subjected the company to a flood of baby-powder lawsuits, making it too expensive to sell in the U.S., according to an op-ed that ran in the Wall Street Journal.

Johnson & Johnson faced a wave of lawsuits alleging that the product causes ovarian cancer—a claim medical science doesn’t support. A January study in the Journal of the American Medical Association followed more than 250,000 American women for 11 years and found no significant ovarian-cancer risk associated with talcum-powder use.

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