Popular drug company Johnson & Johnson has been ordered by a US court to pay $417 million in compensation to a woman who claimed she got ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based products.
The case is one of the many lawsuits brought against the company nationwide alleging the company failed to warn consumers of the risk of cancer from talc in its products.
According to court documents, the woman, named Eva Echeverria, used the company’s talc powder from the 1950s until 2016. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007.
Johnson & Johnson executives said in a statement that the company would lodge an appeal.
“We will appeal today’s verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder,” they said.
This will be the largest amount of money awarded yet in a number of lawsuits that claim the company did not adequately warn customers about potential cancer risks from its talc-based products.