July 19, 2021 – A class action lawsuit has been filed against Johnson & Johnson alleging that the company’s OGX hair care products cause significant hair loss.
Products are sold at major national retailers including Target, Ulta, CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens. Johnson & Johnson shampoos, conditioners and certain hair oils are among the products cited in the lawsuit.
The complainant, Larissa Whipple, a woman from Illinois, cites the ingredient DMDM hydantoin as a primary concern. DMDM hydantoin is a preservative and antimicrobial agent that is sometimes found in hair care products. It is considered a “formaldehyde donor,” meaning that it releases a small amount of formaldehyde over time to keep the product fresh.
But formaldehyde donors like this have been linked to allergies, rashes, hair loss, and cancer. The National Toxicology Program of the Department of Health and Human Services said formaldehyde is known to cause cancer.
The lawsuit says the company may have broken consumer protection laws by advertising products containing the ingredient to people who want healthy hair.
“Johnson & Johnson has made a number of false claims … that the products ‘deeply nourish’, ‘gently cleanse’ and ‘repair hair’. However, the formula of the products contains an ingredient, or a combination of ingredients, which has caused the claimant and thousands of consumers to lose hair and / or irritate the scalp, ”the lawsuit states.
Johnson & Johnson claims that all of their ingredients are carefully selected and are listed on the product label. The company said none of its new products contained DMDM hydantoin and that it had not launched any new hair products containing this ingredient for several years.
“We carefully select the ingredients to ensure the safety and performance of our products,” Johnson & Johnson said in a statement to WebMD. “Some of our existing products contain a small amount of DMDM hydantoin, which is used to prevent mold growth while the product is in the shower. Every preservative used in our products must go through our rigorous safety assessment process.
In August 2012, Johnson & Johnson announced that it would withdraw DMDM hydantoin and other similar ingredients from their products by 2015. However, the lawsuit says this is a “no promise. outfit “.
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