July 19, 2021 – A class action lawsuit is filed against Johnson & Johnson alleging that OGX hair care products cause significant hair loss.
The products are sold in major national stores, including Target, Ulta, CVS, Walmart and Walgreens. Shampoos, conditioners and some Johnson & Johnson hair oils are among the products mentioned in the lawsuit.
Plaintiff Larissa Whipple, a Illinois woman, calls the DMDM hydantoin ingredient a major concern. DMDM hydantoin is a preservative and antimicrobial agent that is sometimes found in hair care products. It is considered a “formaldehyde donor”, ie it releases a small amount of formaldehyde over time to keep the product fresh.
But formaldehyde donors like this are linked to allergies, rashes, hair loss and cancer. This was reported by the National Toxicology Program of the Ministry of Health and Social Services Formaldehyde is known to cause cancer.
The lawsuit alleges that the company may have violated consumer protection laws by advertising products containing the ingredient to people who want healthy hair.
Johnson & Johnson has made a number of confirmatory distortions … that the products “deeply nourish”, “gently cleanse” and “restore hair”. However, the formula of the products contains an ingredient or a combination thereof, which caused the plaintiff and thousands of consumers to lose hair and / or irritate the scalp, ”the lawsuit states.
Johnson & Johnson states that all of their ingredients are carefully selected and listed on the product label. The company stated that none of their new products contain DMDM gimantoin, and they have not released any new hair products with this ingredient for several years.
“We carefully select the ingredients to ensure the safety and effectiveness of our products,” Johnson & Johnson told WebMD. “Some of our existing products contain a small amount of DMDM hydantoin, which is used to prevent the development of mold while in the shower. Every preservative used in our products must clearly define our rigorous safety assessment process. “
In August 2012, Johnson & Johnson announced that it would remove hydantoin DMDM and other similar ingredients from its products by 2015. However, the lawsuit states that this is a “broken promise.”