Talcum powder, a product heavily marketed by the American manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, has been sold for nearly a century as baby powder and in adult products including facial and body powder. However, studies show that regular use of talcum powder may be the cause of nearly 2,200 cases of ovarian cancer each year. Gibson Vance, host of the Beasley Allen Report, speaks with fellow Beasley Allen attorney Ted Meadows about the increased risk of developing ovarian cancer due to prolonged use of talcum powder.
Meadows has been involved with the Mass Torts section of Beasley Allen for about 14 years, focusing his practice on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) drugs such as Prempro. Since working on HRT, Meadows has learned a lot about women’s health issues and cancer – two circumstances surrounding the talcum powder danger affecting women around the nation. Despite being aware of the risks to women’s health by prolonged use of talcum powder for women’s personal hygiene, Johnson & Johnson refused to warn its consumers about the potential development of ovarian cancer.