Beasley Allen attorney Ted Meadows talked with WIAT News about the latest verdict against Johnson & Johnson, linking its talcum powder products to ovarian cancer. Documents presented at trial indicated Johnson & Johnson knew of the ovarian cancer risk from genital use of talc for decades but refused to warn consumers. Meadows says the Plaintiffs want Johnson & Johnson to add a warning label to its products, but the company so far refuses to do so.
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..responsible for giving women ovarian cancer from talcum powder? Two lawsuits says it's pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson and there's a call for the company to pull the powder from store shelves. Joining me to talk about this is lead attorney Ted Meadows of the Beasley Allen Law Firm. First of all, lets find out what do you want Johnson and Johnson to do?
Ultimately, as an attorney, I want them to compensate my clients for the pain and suffering they've been through with being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. But, I know that in talking
to all of these women, and as a true believer in our civil justice system in this country, it is a way to get the powerful to do what they should do. For Johnson and Johnson it's decades in the making. They should've been warning about the risk of ovarian cancer from genital talc use as early as the 1982 time frame. So that is what we want to see happen.
Right. Ted, I want to put something up on the screen and show people about the impact of ovarian cancer. We're told that about 22,280 will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer
about 14,240 women will die from ovarian cancer and ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths. Speak to that for me.
Yeah, I mean, ovarian cancer is the diagnosis that often times comes too late. So, many women confuse their symptoms with other issues in their lives and they get a late diagnosis. Our experts and epidemiologists, who have been studying this for decades, say
that 10% of those numbers is directly attributable to genital talc use. So, Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder is causing 10% of these new diagnosis each year.
Now, you have won awards to the tune, two different awards, to the tune of $112 million dollars, but you also want them to pull the talcum powder from the store shelves. Getting push back from that because they'll lose a lot of money.
Yeah, I mean, our beef is with using talcum powder in the genital
area. Talcum powder is used in a lot of different types of products, but there's no science to say that it causes problems in other, in other parts of the body. But, it certainly causes problems with ovarian cancer. I think it should be pulled from the shelves and, but at a minimum, women should be allowed to make an informed choice as to how they're going to use the product.
Those awards are out there, those two big awards are out there, but you're still getting calls, still taking calls from women, right?
That's right. Thousands of calls. We've had well in excess of ten thousand calls over the last two years about this, and, of course,
the calls have picked up since these verdicts have come down. And, juries have seen the evidence and they've called on Johnson and Johnson to start warning and yeah, we're getting calls every day and we 're continuing to investigate cases to see if we can prosecute for women who are interested.
Ok, I am sure a lot of women who are going through this are really
glad that you are out there fighting for them. Ted Meadows, thank you so much for coming in and talking about this.
We appreciate it.