July 19, 2021 — A category-action lawsuit has been filed in opposition to Johnson & Johnson with the declare that the corporate’s OGX hair care merchandise trigger important hair loss.

The merchandise are offered at main nationwide retailers, together with Goal, Ulta, CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens. Johnson & Johnson shampoos, conditioners, and a few hair oils are among the many merchandise named within the lawsuit.

The plaintiff, Larissa Whipple, an Illinois lady, cites the ingredient DMDM hydantoin as the principle concern. DMDM hydantoin is a preservative and antimicrobial agent typically present in hair care merchandise. It’s thought of a “formaldehyde donor,” that means it releases a small quantity of formaldehyde over time to maintain the product recent.

However formaldehyde donors like this one have been linked to allergic reactions, rashes, hair loss, and most cancers. The Division of Well being and Human Companies’ Nationwide Toxicology Program  has mentioned formaldehyde is known to cause cancer.

The lawsuit says that the corporate might have violated shopper safety legal guidelines by promoting the merchandise containing this ingredient to individuals who need wholesome hair.

“Johnson & Johnson made numerous affirmative misrepresentations … that the merchandise ‘deeply nourish’, ‘gently cleanse,’ and ‘restore hair.’ Nevertheless, the merchandise’ formulation incorporates an ingredient, or mixture of components, that has triggered Plaintiff and hundreds of shoppers to expertise hair loss and/or scalp irritation,” the lawsuit says.

Johnson & Johnson says all their components are rigorously chosen and are listed on the merchandise’ label. The corporate said that none of their new merchandise comprise DMDM hydantoin they usually haven’t launched any new hair merchandise with this ingredient in a number of years.

“We rigorously choose components to make sure the security and efficiency of our merchandise,” Johnson & Johnson mentioned in an announcement to WebMD. “A few of our current merchandise comprise a small quantity of DMDM hydantoin, which is used to forestall mildew from growing whereas the product is within the bathe. Each preservative utilized in our merchandise should clear our rigorous security evaluation course of.”

In August 2012, Johnson & Johnson introduced it will take away DMDM hydantoin and different related components from their merchandise by 2015. Nevertheless, the lawsuit says that could be a “damaged promise.”