Two Voices (1997) - full transcript
Sybil Goldrich had breast cancer and reconstructive surgery, Kathleen Anneken chose to have breast implants. They both suffer from symptoms they were not warned about. Who would have guessed drug companies and the doctors' community is hiding something from the public with government endorsment? The two join forces to fight the system, at the same time dealing with their different social-economical backgrounds, "style" and families.
Honey, of the two of us,
I'm supposed to be the workaholic.
Well, this is my last fundraiser as Chair.
I want it to be perfect.
Isn't Celia taking over till we get home?
Celia's a great foot soldier, but I'm...
But you're the General.
Do you have the guts to go topless?
I have to say
that you are
the most beautiful General on the beach.
Quite a compliment
from somebody who sees 40 breasts a day.
I can't believe I'm doing this.
If anyone ever sees that picture...
No way. No way. Not on your life.
That desk job's taking your edge.
Yeah? Then how come
I'm the one with your hat?
Come on, baby.
Do I have to send you guys
to your room without supper?
You're going to the gym now?
Yeah, I want to get
in a few practice shots before the game.
You guys coming?
Hey, you know it, wouldn't miss it.
All right, see you.
That other guard might be bigger,
but you're smarter, and that counts.
Don't forget that.
I won't, Mom, thanks.
You're right on
schedule for your exam.
I'm going to
bring you right up into the machine here.
Now we're just going to do your side view.
Just need to raise your
arm up on the machine.
Great tan, by the way.
I was vacationing in
Sicily with my husband.
You might know him,
Dr. Goldrich in Obstetrics.
No, afraid not.
Hold your breath.
Okay, that's it.
We're all finished. That was the last one.
- You see those areas?
Those areas show microcalcifications.
I'd like to schedule a biopsy.
What if it's cancer?
Why don't we wait for the results?
I want to know everything now. Worst case.
Okay, worst case,
I'd recommend a bilateral mastectomy.
It's the best way to make sure
the cancer's removed from your body.
But please, don't expect the worst.
Schedule the biopsy now.
I want to know what I'm up against here.
"Breast implants have become
the trendiest cosmetic fix
and as sought-after
as Chanel knockoffs and designer jeans."
What's this doing on my desk?
Something that I've wanted to talk
to you about for a long time.
I'd think I'd like to do it.
I love you just the way you are.
I know, I know. It's just...
I feel like I look...
Flat on the top and round on the bottom.
You don't look anything like that.
You are a very beautiful woman.
I tried on every
bathing suit in the store last season,
and nothing could hide it.
I really think that
you're being, over...
Overly critical here, sweetheart.
I just wish that you liked yourself more.
I like who I am.
Just not what I look like.
When my sister and I were kids,
I was the only one
who used to play basketball with my dad.
Guess I kind of became his boy by default.
Boy, it's got to be expensive.
our insurance doesn't cover, um...
and operations and stuff like that.
I know, I thought about that.
-I wouldn't ask if it wasn't something...
I want it.
And it's supposed to
be a simple operation.
I just really wish
that you didn't feel like you needed it.
But, you know, it's your body and...
And if it'll make you happy, then...
I guess I'll figure
There we go.
call the page operator.
Dr. Hirschville, call the page operator.
Amy, will you come on? We're already late.
Dad's probably called up the Marines.
Let go of me.
I skipped lunch and I'm starving, okay?
You go, I'll be there in a second.
They probably don't want food in there.
You're so full of it.
I hate hospitals.
You know, I... I just hate
that Mom has to have, you know...
How do you think Mom feels, Amy?
You'll start to feel drowsy
in a couple of minutes. Don't fight it.
When you wake up, it'll be all over.
I'm trying to imagine waking up
and not having breasts.
Sybil... They wouldn't do this procedure
unless it was absolutely necessary.
Bentley is a great surgeon.
I know. I know.
After this is over, I...
I've been doing some
reading and I would...
I would like to look into implants.
I will not be able
to look at myself without breasts.
I love you.
I will be very different.
Your body, not you.
And I don't care about anything
except you getting well.
There they are.
Come here. Come here.
I was about to call out the Marines.
Come here. Come here. Come here.
This thing is starting to work.
It's okay, honey.
It's okay. We're all here.
Are you sure there's
enough skin to work with? I...
I talked to lots of surgeons.
One of them even said to me
during the examination,
"Boy, they stripped you bare."
I can make you whole again.
But first we've got to make sure
you're comfortable with the procedure.
How long are the implants
supposed to last?
According to the manufacturer, a lifetime.
So they must be safe?
over 100 successful operations.
The implants are filled with silicone.
It's a man-made compound
of oxygen and silicon.
Now, the best thing about
silicone is it's inert.
It doesn't react to the body.
I wish I knew someone
who'd done this. I...
My nurse can give you
the number of one of my other patients.
I won't lie to you, Sybil.
At first, it was painful,
but they have shots for that,
and gradually, it fades.
Some people thought I was crazy
for having unnecessary surgery, but...
But after the cancer,
I felt totally out of control.
Choosing to have implants
gave me control over my body again.
Do you think that I could see them?
Sure you can.
Rosemary, they're beautiful.
May I feel them?
Be my guest.
They are so soft.
You look great, sweetheart.
I mean, not that you didn't before.
You looked fine before.
But, my goodness.
Believe me, I'm happier about
this than I ever imagined.
The surgeon gave me
strict instructions to massage them,
to keep scar tissue from forming.
Well, I guess you're
going to need some help with that?
You know, I'd like
to be there when the bandages come off.
How about I meet you
at Sutton's office tomorrow morning?
How about a sneak peek, Doc?
You're like Xena on her birthday.
Am I hurting you?
But if you happen to have a spare bullet,
I could bite it.
Sorry, fresh out.
See anything you like, sailor?
I'll get it.
Mommy, what's wrong? Are you okay?
And they feel as hard as baseballs.
This can't be normal.
Actually, it does happen.
I'll have to do a capsulotomy.
I don't like the sound of that.
It's a way of breaking
through the scar tissue.
Hang on to the table,
this is going to hurt.
If he couldn't break the scar tissue,
and they're still hard...
And now he says there's a new kind
of implant called a Meme.
It's a foam covering that's supposed
to keep them from getting hard.
And what're you thinking?
I'm thinking that it's maybe time
to talk to another surgeon.
Sutton is supposed to be the best.
And nothing was supposed to go wrong.
I just don't think
another surgeon is the answer.
Well, if you have any better ideas,
I would really like to hear them.
I just want this to be the last operation.
Come on, Mom, all net.
Hey, that's all right, Ma.
Even Magic has a bad game now and then.
I kind of have a bad season.
I can't seem to shake this cold.
There she is.
I have pneumonia?
It's not a personality flaw, Kathleen.
I never get sick. How could this happen?
You're a busy wife and mother.
Don't be so hard on yourself, it'll pass.
to OR 2. Dr. Frederick to OR 2.
Is she okay?
That took a lot longer than we thought.
You of all people should know
these things take longer than expected.
- She did just fine.
These new implants
shouldn't give her any problems.
We need to check the infection.
Let's see what Sutton has to say.
Why do we need Sutton
to confirm the obvious?
The fevers, the rashes...
My body is reacting to the foam implants.
They're going to have to be replaced.
Why not just say it?
Because I'm not a plastic surgeon.
But if the implants have to be removed...
Perhaps we shouldn't put new ones in.
Don't even mention it.
Sybil, your body, anybody's body,
is bound to be exhausted
after cancer surgery
and two implant operations.
You don't have to keep
doing this to yourself.
Jimmy, I don't want to
spend the rest of my life
looking and feeling like a freak.
You're not going to look like a freak,
not to me.
That is not true, we both know that.
Now, this is what I know.
I love you and I don't want to lose you.
more concerned about your health
than how you look in a damn swimsuit.
I'll get in touch with Sutton,
decide what's best for you.
What is it? Are you okay?
Can't do it.
I'm completely drained.
This can't be pneumonia. It's been weeks.
I got to call those doctors today.
I want to find out
what's up with those tests.
I did that.
She can't find anything wrong.
Thinks it's stress.
Which is doctor talk
for not taking you seriously.
Let's get inside.
David, what's happening to me?
Come on, sweetheart.
Mom, you just had these Memes taken out
and now you're talking
about another operation?
Honey, we won't do it right away.
It's something we're looking into.
Want to hear how it's done?
I've decided to be a doctor.
They take, um,
tissue and muscle from
the stomach and funnel it under the skin.
I'm out of here.
They funnel it under
the skin to the chest,
where it's formed into breast mounds.
So that if it's made from my body,
I won't reject them.
It's a... A new procedure.
But from what I understand,
the patients have been pleased.
I think you should check it out, Mom.
-It sounds really good.
-Thank you, sweetie.
But I still want to know why I had
so much trouble with those implants.
This is a Pittsburgh cardiologist
writing about an implant patient
who had fevers and sweats just like me.
She had swollen joints.
She had enlarged kidneys.
But she recovered after
the implants were removed.
It just refers to
the manufacturer's warning.
Excuse me, the what?
It would be included in the shipment box.
Why didn't I see it?
-Because nobody but you would read it.
Seriously, I know where to get one.
Good. What did you find?
Here, take a look at this.
-What is it?
"50% of this doctor's implants after
mastectomy had to be replaced."
This is outrageous.
Jimmy, why wasn't I warned? I am appalled!
Well, I am.
Hi, Mom, what are you reading?
warning that comes with the implants.
If women knew...
They don't. That's the problem.
And you know what else?
If you think I had trouble,
listen to what happened
to these other women.
Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis...
Gosh, I cannot believe that there
are doctors who don't say anything.
But I can say something, and I will.
What are you going to do?
One of the editors
of Ms. magazine is a friend of mine.
I think that she would
like to hear about this.
-He just left.
Somebody call me?
Are you the woman
who's writing about the Orphan Drug Bill?
No, no, I'm Sybil Goldrich.
I'm... I'm doing research
on an article about breast implants.
They can cause terrible health problems.
I'm living proof.
I'm not sure how the FDA can help.
How can the FDA
approve a product with such serious risks?
But we haven't.
Do you have any idea how many drugs have
to be screened by us every year?
No, but I bet they're not all available
to unsuspecting people like me.
Here's the problem.
Breast implants aren't a food,
they're not a drug.
Congress didn't even give us the power
to regulate them until '76.
That's 15 years ago.
And we're getting around to it.
there are nearly one million women
walking around with these things.
What are we supposed
to do in the meantime?
It's a bureaucracy.
It's very slow and I'm sorry about that,
but there's really
nothing else you can do but wait.
Well, that's where you're wrong.
If the article
were written by a surgeon...
But for God sakes, Sybil Goldrich is
a Beverly Hills housewife.
Who's had severe health problems
after implant surgery like me.
But she had cancer. You don't.
What about the manufacturer's warning?
Lawyers make them
slap those warnings on there.
-They don't mean anything.
-It means something to me.
It says it can affect your immune system.
I've had pneumonia twice,
I'm always tired,
my joints ache, I trip all the time.
Those symptoms could be anything.
What does your family doctor say?
She can't find anything wrong.
Look, before I had implants,
I ran six miles before breakfast.
Since the implants, I can barely
get out of bed in the morning.
I want the implants taken out.
Kathleen, you're overreacting.
It's unnecessary surgery,
and I won't do it.
Then I'll find someone who will.
Wait a minute.
He's the only
plastic surgeon I've never heard of.
He's a psychiatrist.
You think I'm crazy.
Sybil Goldrich, this is Dr. Daniel Shatz.
Dan is a member
of the university's pathology department.
I read your article. Great job.
All right, let me fill you in
on what's going on here.
I've come to LA to go
over Dan's research on breast implants
and the problems that they can cause.
In a couple of weeks,
the FDA is going to be holding hearings.
Dan is going to present
his findings to the panel.
Findings which support
what you've experienced.
That's good to know.
Now, Dan can represent
the scientific community,
but we also need a woman with
personal experience, a woman like you.
-And I know this is very short notice...
-I'll be there.
Why am I not surprised?
- Welcome to the trenches.
- Thank you.
Kathleen Anneken? Kentucky?
I hope I'm not catching you at a bad time.
No, not at all.
What can I do for you?
I just wanted to thank you
for your article in the magazine.
Before I read it,
I thought I was going crazy.
I've had trouble with my implants, too.
Believe me, you're not going crazy.
How are you now?
I am having one heck of a time
trying to talk a surgeon
into removing these things.
Yeah, I had trouble with that, too.
But I bet you didn't have any trouble
finding someone to put them in.
No, they were more than willing.
You know how it is.
How are you doing?
I, um, have decided to try
flap reconstruction surgery.
I'm almost finished, finally.
Good for you.
It's really great to talk to someone
who knows what this is like.
You know, the FDA is holding
hearings in Washington in two weeks
and they've asked me to speak.
I'll be back around the 10th.
Why don't you call me then?
I'd... I'd like to hear all about it.
- Any messages for Sybil Goldrich?
I'm Kathleen Anneken.
How did you...
Your husband told me
where you'd be staying.
- Did he?
- Would you, like to have lunch?
I know my being here is a surprise.
Believe me, it is to me, too.
I've never done anything so spontaneous.
How do you like the hotel?
I'm... I'm not staying here.
I'm staying at the Douglas,
near the airport.
Um, well, shall we order?
I'm... I'm going to have a hamburger.
Think they're any good?
I don't eat red meat.
-Are you ready to order?
I'll have the chopped salad,
no egg, dressing on the side.
And do you have
any sparkling water with low sodium?
I'll check. And you?
I've never been here before.
Do you like Washington?
I'm disappointed in the shopping.
It's not like New York.
But it's a nice town.
Town. This is huge to me.
Of course, you're coming from LA.
I've never been that far west.
You must think I'm crazy,
showing up like this.
I... I didn't book my ticket
till the last minute.
It really means a lot to me, being here.
After lunch, I'm meeting
with Louis McClennon from the FDA.
You can come along, if you'd like.
I sure will. What...
What time is the hearing tomorrow?
I want to try to meet
with a Congresswoman after that.
You'll want to talk to her, too.
She's a cancer survivor like us.
I didn't have cancer.
You... You didn't have a mastectomy?
I had implants,
because I wanted to look better.
Did I say something wrong?
bring that order right away, please?
It's just that I don't have
as much time as I thought.
And since Louis McClennon
isn't expecting you,
maybe it's better I see him by myself.
I just figured the more people
that made noise, the better.
Sybil, you're way ahead of me.
There's so much
I need to learn about this.
Daniel Shatz from UCLA is in town.
He wants to meet at 5:00, here.
Why don't you join us then?
Memes were supposed to be the solution
to capsular contracture.
This is what one looks like when it's new.
And look at this, patient had
this removed after only six months.
All the foam is gone. That looks awful.
Where did the rest of it go?
Seems it goes into
the surrounding breast tissue.
Once it's there,
it's not easy to remove it, I'll tell you.
What happens to the fragments
if they're not removed?
Well, they can dissolve into a chemical
known as toluene diamine, TDA.
It's known to cause cancer in animals.
In fact, the FDA banned
its use in hair dye.
But it's okay for breast implants? Great.
I've had Meme implants.
So basically, what you're saying is,
the implants that are used
for reconstructive surgery
because I had cancer...
Can give me cancer again?
It's a risk, not a proven fact.
But it's a big risk,
otherwise you wouldn't be here, right?
I guess I better find out
what these little bumps are.
And the ones just like them on my thigh.
You didn't eat much.
I don't have much
of an appetite these days.
And as they say, there's always an upside.
Are you okay?
I was real worried about you last night
with those little bumps and all.
I'm dealing with it.
Well, better than I would.
Hey, I've been sitting
here making some notes.
I thought we could start a newsletter.
We could do it together.
We could call it Command.
For Cosmetic Operation Mishaps.
Do you have any non-fat milk? Thank you.
So, what do you think of the title?
Actually, I'm starting one myself.
Truth in Reconstruction, Understanding
Surgical Techniques, TRUST for short.
How about something in between?
To be honest with you,
I haven't considered aligning myself
with women who have had implants
for purely cosmetic reasons.
I get it...
You're the good victim.
And I'm the bad victim.
That's not what I said.
Sure it is.
You know, you remind me of folks
who divide people
with AIDS into two categories.
The guilty ones because they're gay,
and the innocent ones like hemophiliacs,
because they've had transfusions.
That's really not what I meant.
I can admit I had implants because
I wanted to feel good about myself,
but so did you.
I think there is a difference.
I had cancer. I had lost something.
And I'm sorry.
But we both chose to have implants.
Kathleen, I don't know what I would say in
a newsletter to women like you.
You were perfectly healthy. I...
But we were both misled.
I'll see you at the hearing.
The problem, gentlemen, is...
When implants rupture or leak,
silicone gets into the bloodstream,
and is carried to the thyroid glands,
-Excuse me, Dr. Shatz.
-If I may finish...
Are you suggesting
that silicone is anything but inert?
-Hi, how are you doing?
-I was fine.
trigger the immune system.
So it produces antibodies which attack
itself as well as other parts of the body.
Unfortunately, because the outer covering
of the Meme implant breaks down,
it doesn't fare any better.
- Dr. Shatz...
- How about a dry run?
...I find your comments overstating,
if not highly inflammatory.
Who is the man with the bow tie?
That's Vincent Koch.
He's a lawyer from Dow Corning.
-I'd like to get a shot at him.
-You'll get your chance.
rupture or leak, silicone...
I thought that I would tell them
that I questioned the surgeons
the reliability of the implants,
but since I had no idea that they came
with a manufacturer's warning,
how could I ask to read it,
something like that.
I'd like to assure you, ma'am,
that Daniel Shatz,
distinguished as he may be,
doesn't know what he's talking about.
With all due respect, Mr. Koch,
I believe he knows
exactly what he's talking about,
because I'm exactly
one of the women he's describing.
Mrs. Anneken, I sympathize with
your physical discomfort,
but surely you can understand
that unsubstantiated charges by one...
Excuse me. If I may, Kathleen.
-Mr. Koch, is it?
Sybil Goldrich. You may have read
a recent article of mine.
Or if not, I'd...
I'd like to send it to you.
When you do read it, you'll learn that
Kathleen is just one of an untold number
of women, myself included,
who have had negative reactions
to these implants.
Ladies, you're going to have to excuse me.
-That pompous ass.
-There's a lot of those around here.
Did I look like I needed the cavalry?
I thought you were going to collapse.
but I don't recall
asking you to come to the rescue.
Look, Sybil, I came here because I have
to find out what's happening to me.
And if you don't like who I am
or what I've done, that's your problem.
But I'll tell you one thing, I am not
leaving Washington without answers.
Sybil, you're up next.
- We'll talk later.
- I'll check my schedule.
But I refute Daniel Shatz's testimony.
That's Paul Cadets,
he's a big-wheel surgeon.
If, and I say if,
silicone travels, it's harmless.
It's picked up by the lymph system
and excreted or stored.
There is no, and I repeat,
no medical proof
that links silicone
to immune system ailments.
Thank you, Dr. Cadets.
Mrs. Sybil Goldrich.
Gentlemen, thank you for
inviting me here to speak.
Um... For me,
implant surgery was one way
of reclaiming my body after a mastectomy.
my body rejected both the silicone
implants and the Meme replacements.
As if once wasn't enough,
I've now lost my breast three times.
I asked many questions
prior to my surgery,
I was not informed of the manufacturer's
warning that comes with the implants.
Had I known of the risks,
I may have made a different choice.
Is it your opinion that silicone implants
should be removed from the market?
For whatever reason a woman
chooses to have implants,
she must be told
they do not have FDA approval.
They are not necessarily
safe and they could ruin her health.
Thank you, Mrs. Goldrich.
We'll take a 10-minute break.
I just hope they heard that.
Well, I did.
So, now what?
I'd say it's about time we paid a visit
to a few members of Congress.
Here, you take half this list.
Congresswoman Brenner is unavailable.
We need 10 minutes at the most.
You'd be wasting your time.
The Congresswoman doesn't
agree with your position
that breast implants
be taken off the market.
-Well, that's not my position.
We just want to make sure that women
are informed of the dangers involved.
Thanks for your help.
Let me get this straight,
she doesn't have time to listen to us,
but she's got time to listen to Dr. Slick
here who gives her a line of baloney?
-No, I will not excuse you or anybody else
who participates in this whitewash.
Can we go before we get arrested?
-All right, we'll go. For now.
If you ask me, the big boys are nervous.
Otherwise, why send a heavy hitter
like Koch here,
and why have Cadets
buttonholing Congress people?
You might be on to something.
We just need to
keep the pressure turned up,
especially from the private sector.
Which reminds me,
that FDA panel has a seat for a consumer
representative and it's vacant.
We could appoint Sybil.
No, she's not eligible
unless she represents an organization.
Actually, we do.
It's called Command Trust...
Kathleen's the president.
I'm the vice-president.
Well, then, it's settled.
Thanks for taking me to breakfast.
You didn't have to spring for a limo, too.
Yeah, I think maybe I owe you.
What are we going to
put in our newsletter?
Well, maybe we should
each write an article,
from our own point of view,
about what happened.
I'll contact other women's groups and
see if they'll lend their mailing list.
That's a good idea.
And let me know when you find
a surgeon to remove those implants.
If I do.
And call after a doctor
checks those little bumps on your wrist.
So I guess...
The nodules are non-cancerous tumors.
I suppose they could
have been caused by the silicone,
since it leaked into your system
when the implants ruptured.
My implants ruptured?
Why wasn't I told?
I have no idea. It's here in your chart.
It took the surgeon two hours
to clean the gel off your chest wall.
Do you believe that?
Now I find out that I could have silicone
flying around in my body
and I can't do anything.
Those damn doctors.
She doesn't mean you, Dad.
Who's she talking to?
So you keep looking
for a surgeon, Kathleen,
and don't let them give you the party line
about silicone being inert.
I think I've found one
who's agreed to talk
to me about having the implants removed.
I'm seeing him tomorrow.
Well, that's wonderful,
Kathleen. What, honey?
- Forgot to give this to you.
- Thank you.
Kathleen, did you read the paper today?
Listen to this.
"A jury found in favor
yesterday of a woman suing Dow Corning."
She claimed her implants
were the cause of an autoimmune disease.
She was awarded $1.7 million.
The judge upheld the jury's finding
that Dow Corning committed fraud.
What's the attorney's name?
A Joshua Norton, and he lives here.
Sybil, be gentle.
I know. I know. I know.
I'll call you as soon as
I've cornered him.
Xena, this is fantastic, darling.
- Thank you.
- You're welcome.
How was practice?
It was okay.
I saw your face when
I mentioned having the implants removed.
It's no big deal.
I... I guess I don't know
why you had them in in the first place.
Remember the beginning of last season,
when you had to have the new high-tops,
'cause the old ones didn't look so good?
Maybe it's not so different for me.
Mom, I didn't have my new
high-tops surgically attached to my feet.
So, I'm in the mood for
a cheap escapist thriller.
Anybody with me?
-Sybil, you in?
-No, go ahead.
I want to try and finish this newsletter
and I'd like to see if I can get a hold
of this Joshua Norton's
telephone number tonight if possible.
-Can't it wait?
It can, but it won't. Go ahead.
You don't need me to have fun. Go.
Okay, it's your loss. I'll get my coat.
-What's going on?
I just don't want to go to a movie.
Jimmy, don't over-analyze everything.
I'm not. I'm just...
-I'll see you later.
And I'm an oncologist,
not a plastic surgeon.
I know, but none of
the plastic surgeons would help.
To do so could give credence
to your argument
that the implants have
caused your illness.
This isn't about what they think,
this is about what I want.
Your symptoms may not go away.
I'm willing to take that chance.
You had the implants for cosmetic reasons.
Do you understand
how your breasts will appear without them?
Why don't we do a mammogram
to see if the implants have ruptured?
Thank you, Dr. Warren.
I haven't agreed to
perform the surgery yet.
But you're the first surgeon
who's listened to me in a long time.
Sorry to make you eat on the run,
but I'm due in court.
No problem. Um, do you have any salads?
So, Mr. Norton how did you convince a jury
that Dow Corning committed fraud?
Well, Dow said their implants were safe.
The only thing wrong with that is,
their own documents suggest otherwise.
I got the court to order
Dow to give me the files.
I saw stuff going back 20 years.
We hit the jackpot.
I'd like copies.
Can't. I can't even
tell you what's in 'em.
That's one of the conditions of them
giving me access in the first place.
So the information exists,
but I can't have it?
That's what I'm saying.
Then I'd say
Dow Corning's in for a rude awakening.
I'd say you're in for a fight.
I got to run, sorry.
if what Michael Norton says is true,
and we can assume that it is since his
client was awarded over a million bucks,
how do these guys
at Dow Corning sleep at night?
They sleep just fine, Sybil.
Dow is like any other corporate entity.
Their board answers to the stockholders.
- Not to do so would be in breach of...
How can you defend these people?
- I'm not.
- Yes, you are.
Xena, pass the dressing.
We have this conversation every night.
Can we give it a rest?
Sorry I'm boring you.
You're not, but...
That's not what I said.
Every time we're together,
we talk about implants.
You're becoming obsessed.
How can you say that to me?
Let the machine get it.
I'll get it.
What are you doing?
Is it too much to ask to have a...
A normal dinner with my family?
Because if it is,
I'll go down the street to get a burger.
Fine. Jimmy, leave. Why not?
That's right, why not?
You do it all the time.
This work has taken over our whole lives.
And I'm very sorry that you
don't see it as important.
Kathleen was supposed to
have her implants out today.
Then get it.
Hi, Sybil, it's me. I hope I didn't...
Catch me at a bad time?
No, not at all.
I'm glad you called. Are you all right?
Well, I had my implants out,
like I wanted.
And just now,
I was thinking about junior high.
I was so skinny.
The boys used to say I should hire
myself out as an ironing board.
God, Sybil, they'd all laugh.
You don't need to tough this out.
Yeah, I think I do.
...have cared so much about
what they thought, but I did.
And now, here I am.
So many years later, and it's like...
It's like I'm less than zero.
What happened was not your fault.
Now I know what you
must have felt like after your mastectomy.
I would give anything
for you not to know that.
Before I forget, um...
We have four new members of Command Trust.
and a transsexual from San Francisco.
We'll talk later, okay?
You can count on it.
Please don't shut me out.
I can't help it.
I feel so unlovable.
No, you're not.
Not to me, you could never be to me.
I just want to hold you.
All right? We'll take it slow.
I just want to hold you tonight.
It's going to be all right.
It is all right.
Celia and Rich want us
to go to opening night of the ball.
We need to talk.
Indeed we do.
Connie Chung's office phoned me.
They're interested in an interview.
Actually, no, it's more than that. They...
They want to show
pictures of my breasts after they became
infected and disfigured.
And you said yes?
No, I said I wanted
to discuss it with my husband.
And what would you do
if I said I'd rather you not do that?
Is that what you're saying?
No, no, I'm asking you a direct question.
If I'd rather you wouldn't do that...
I heard you the first time.
Jimmy, this work
that I'm doing is very important to me.
It helps me cope.
You talked to the girls?
Xena's fine. Amy has never much understood
why her mother is so out there.
That's a direct quote.
I wish that you did.
You're beginning to treat my involvement
with this like it's an inconvenience,
-like it is just another fundraiser.
-Sybil, do what you want.
Damn it, Jimmy,
this is about spending what time I have
in a meaningful way.
The children and I had hoped
that you would spend that time with us.
Wait a minute.
Sybil, this work that
you're doing helps you cope, that's fine.
-But for me, it's just a reminder.
Of how I let you down.
Doesn't it ever occur to you that
I might feel responsible for all this?
You didn't know what
was going to happen any more than I did.
-We both asked questions.
-I'm a doctor.
I hear you bad-mouth doctors
all the time on the phone to Kathleen.
Don't you think I hear that?
I don't blame you.
-No, of course not.
The choices were mine.
You're a good doctor.
More than that, you're a good man.
And you would never ever
let one of your patients
make the choices that I made
without a full
understanding of the risks involved,
and I know that.
You're sure you're sure?
Three points, Daddy.
That was lame.
Yeah, smart girl?
Show me what you got.
Sitting there in the sidelines,
making noise. Come on.
Three points, Mom.
Come on. Go ahead. I dare you.
Hey, she's back.
Amy! Mom's show's on.
Sybil Goldrich received
implants after a double mastectomy.
You didn't set the VCR?
No, no, no,
the resident technician did it.
Although implants have been
on the market for three decades.
Look, Mom, it's you.
- This is your fantasy?
- I look fat.
TV adds 10 pounds.
Now you tell me.
There are over 300 implant
operations done every day in this country.
Women who choose this surgery
must be given a copy of the manufacturer's
warning that comes with the product.
Had I been given more information,
at least I could have
made an informed choice.
gave us permission to show
this graphic and shocking photo
the extent of her disfigurement
after five implant operations.
Like many women,
numerous operations left my breasts...
-Forget about it.
-...disfigured and infected.
And all this time,
the FDA has never approved them.
Just as I say that
I believe implants are harmful,
the drug companies and manufacturers
have no proof that they're not.
Amy? I want to talk.
After tonight, you said it all, Mom.
Amy, you may as well give up.
You know how persistent I am.
I don't have time for this.
Well, make time.
You've been grousing at me for months,
and I've left you alone.
It's fine with me.
What's bothering you?
You don't want to know.
Yes, I do.
Nobody cares more about you than I do.
Amy, what do you want?
I want to be left alone.
I don't believe you.
Okay, don't believe me.
Doesn't matter what I think anyway.
It matters to me.
What do you want me to say, Mother?
That I approve of you
showing your breasts all over national TV?
Well, I don't.
Okay? It is the most
repulsive thing I've ever seen in my life.
Where is your self-respect?
You want to know the truth?
You disgust me, okay?
Are you happy now?
This is so humiliating.
I'm just so scared all the time,
if the cancer is...
We're pretty sure the cancer is gone.
And I'm taking the tests.
Cancer runs in families, Mom.
You know, sometimes
I think it's not a matter of
if I'm going to get it, but when.
Honey, why didn't you talk
to me about this sooner?
Because there's nothing
you can do about it.
Just because I had cancer doesn't mean
that you and Xena will.
My mother didn't have breast cancer,
neither did my grandmother.
Mom, telling me not to worry is not going
to make what I'm feeling go away.
Amy, whatever you choose to think,
don't ever be afraid to know
what's going on inside your own body.
I have to finish this paper.
You should know this,
I'm going to Washington again.
I've been asked
to testify before a House Subcommittee.
They're finally looking into
just how safe implants are.
Like Congress actually cares.
Kathleen and I have
gotten the word out.
There's a lot of other women
who are demanding the truth.
So you see, your mother isn't the only
woman out there who has a big mouth.
I guess... I guess that's one trait
I could stand to inherit,
since I want to be a lawyer, right?
Yes, you could.
Knock 'em dead.
No, I know.
Well, listen, you let us know if
you want any more information.
- Hey, I'll get it, Mom.
You know what to say?
Yeah, I got plenty to say.
Hello? This is Command Trust.
Yeah, I saw the show, too.
It happened to you, too?
Would you like us
to send you some information?
- Yeah, can I...
- Is everybody all right?
- Well, sure.
- "Well, sure"?
Kathleen, I've been trying to call
for two hours, the phone has been busy.
I'm sorry, honey, I told you Sybil's
TV interview was on last night.
Producers gave our phone
number as a reference,
and I guess the program hit a nerve.
Let it ring.
Dad, it might be
one of those women who needs information.
Then answer it.
What did you have to tell me
that was so important?
No, that's not the point, Kathleen.
I couldn't get through to my own home.
David, when you opened
your accounting firm,
you were on the phone 10 hours a day.
Why can't I get the same consideration?
When are things
going to get back to normal around here?
The only way I can live with this
is to make sure
other women won't go through what I have,
what we have.
And if you're going to live with me,
you're going to have to
live with that decision.
Well, I guess there's just one
thing left for me to do, then.
I'm going to have
to put in another phone line?
All right, Dad.
What else am I going to do?
You got me double-teamed here.
And I've had three autoimmune diseases.
Just never occurred to me that
the implants had anything to do with it
until my surgeon
discovered that mine had ruptured.
Took five hours to
clean up the silicone in my chest cavity.
But who knows where else it spread.
Sounds all too familiar.
What can I do for you?
This may be insane.
But I want to take on Dow Corning.
Now, the thing is,
I need the right lawyer,
and I thought you would know of someone.
Yes, I do.
His name is Joshua Norton.
He's done it before.
He's the best there is.
I have his number in my car.
- Thank you, Sybil.
- Thank you, Joan.
You keep in touch with me,
you let me know how it's going.
Let's get it.
How many on this Subcommittee?
Eight. But they won't all show up.
Well, I bet they would
if this were about penile implants.
What we need is
a hot piece on the 6:00 news
or something in the Washington Post.
This really is
all about politics, isn't it?
And then some.
Did I miss anything?
Kathleen. How good to see you.
- Good to see you, too.
- You look great.
-Thank you. Hi. How are you?
How does it feel to know
that Dow Corning has internal documents
that suggest the implants
might not be safe?
Excuse me, Mrs. Goldrich,
I don't know what you're talking about.
Well, you must be aware
of the $1.7 million settlement
that the court ordered
Dow to pay that woman.
Mrs. Goldrich, I really
think this conversation is inappropriate,
in light of your newsletter which
encourages readers to sue Dow Corning.
We're not encouraging anyone to sue.
However, we do offer
guidance as to how to select a lawyer
in case any of our readers feel
they need one.
There, might be
a more diplomatic way of handling him.
Come on, Kathleen, that man won't
even admit there was a settlement.
Look, we want information,
we're not going to get it
by bulldozing him
or anybody else like him.
Excuse me, I have to get ready.
-I'll grab a seat.
-I'll be right there.
-Kathleen, could I talk to you first?
I, um... I hope you know what a good job
I think Command Trust is doing.
And when I say what I'm about to say,
know also that I have
the greatest admiration for Sybil
and for everything
that she's accomplished.
We are starting a new advisory panel.
And I would very much like to see the
Command Trust Network have a voice on it.
Sybil's a little hard, so...
But would you consider
taking that position?
Tell me more.
Well, we're going to require that
manufacturers of implants
submit detailed reports
showing us that they
can minimize the risks.
And then in a few months,
the panel will meet again,
and they'll go over all the findings.
What if the manufacturers can't comply?
Well, it's possible
the FDA would recommend
pulling the implants off the market.
This is serious.
I've already talked
to the administrators about you.
I like your style.
You're tough, but you listen.
Now, you'll be
the consumer representative.
It's a non-voting position,
but it's a lot of work.
-Count me in.
-I was hoping you'd say that.
Over the last few months,
I've not had any recurrence of cancer.
But what will happen from the silicone
that is still in my body?
I shudder when I think about it.
I think that ought to satisfy her.
You see, the thing
that bothers me is that,
here we have a history
of the FDA dragging its feet on problems
that its own scientists
have identified as being very serious.
And I don't understand that.
The FDA is not in the business to kowtow
to plastic surgeons,
or manufacturers, or to anybody else.
You are here to protect
the well-being of the American public.
Yeah, I'm happy that Command Trust
has a seat on the panel.
-But unhappy McClennon asked me.
All I'm saying is after
Weiss' speech today,
the FDA is going to feel
pressure from all sides.
Don't let them off the hook.
I might not be as outspoken as you,
Sybil, but I'm not a pushover.
Kathleen, come here.
Somebody's rearranged my things.
And I'm sure I didn't leave
this medicine bag open.
Could somebody have gone through this?
Maybe they were after my mailing lists.
It could be. It could be, yeah.
Of course, it could have been a stray dog.
In my hotel room in Washington,
a stray dog went through my medicine bag.
Sybil, you would not
be the first hotel guest
to have a maid rifle through her things.
Don't you think it's a bit coincidental?
we will padlock the garbage cans
and get you a paper shredder.
-It's not funny.
-Not at all.
Think the neighbors
would mind the machine gun turrets?
Come on, Sybil, get a grip.
Honey, you said you were coming
to bed about three hours ago.
-It's 2:00 AM, you know.
I got to get through
these so I can turn in my recommendations.
Panel meets in Washington again next week.
What is all this stuff?
Remember I told you the FDA is requiring
all implant manufacturers
to submit documents proving their safety?
Well, these are the documents.
I guess that
kind of fits into the category of,
"be careful what you ask for,"
Dow Corning is only one of dozens
of companies making these things,
and they all sent reports.
At least they complied.
Can I help you?
I wish you could, honey.
It's the thought that counts.
Kathleen, hi. Good to see you.
Let me take your bag for you.
- Thanks. Have you seen Sybil yet?
- I did, I did.
She got on an elevator followed
by two bellhops and a load of luggage.
So, how's it going for you?
Well, I'm starting to
understand the plight
of an overburdened government employee,
you have my condolences.
Actually, I didn't expect to see you here.
Well, I'm... I'm not here officially.
Let's move out of the traffic here.
I don't understand how these companies,
especially the big ones like Dow,
keep track of their own paperwork.
This is marked confidential.
You didn't get it from me.
I have to talk to you, but not here.
-Hello to you, too.
What's gotten into you?
And you thought I was paranoid.
Louis gave me this.
"Dow Corning's strategy notes."
An enemies list.
I thought this went out with Nixon.
This is great.
Great? Are you insane?
No, I am flattered.
I love this. Dow Corning considers
us enemies. I think I'll frame this.
Doesn't this make you
just a little bit nervous?
No, of course not.
Well, okay, a little bit.
But this is it.
This is what we've been waiting for.
We've got them,
we've really got them going.
I can't wait to see their faces
when they have to
pull those implants off the market.
Lot of people here, don't you think?
I hear they flew in over 400 women.
The Plastic Surgeons Association.
I'm from Dallas.
I'm... I'm from Beverly Hills.
I'll see you inside, Sybil.
You are Sybil Goldrich, aren't you?
Yes, I am.
I was hoping to run into you.
Do you know
you've been scaring the hell out of women?
I know that I've been
giving women information
they're not getting anywhere else.
Here, you listen to me,
I had cancer,
and after all the surgery and the chemo,
getting implants was the one good
thing that happened to me.
I can look at myself in the mirror
and not see a cancer victim staring back.
Other women should have
the same opportunity.
Absolutely they should,
as long as the implants are safe.
They are safe.
Do you see any one of us complaining?
Well, good for you,
but there are a lot of women,
for whom it was a complete disaster.
Do you know that
silicone could be bleeding into your body?
Do you know that your
implants can become hardened and infected?
What are we supposed to do?
Live with flat chests
and mastectomy scars?
No, but there are other
Um, flap reconstruction,
for one. I've had it.
Do you think everyone
lives in Beverly Hills?
No. There are other alternatives,
saline, for example.
They'd flatten out.
You don't speak for me, Sybil.
And you don't speak for
the majority of women who have implants.
We are thrilled.
- Excuse me. Sybil, we have to go.
- All right.
No, wait, wait, wait a minute.
Do you realize that plastic surgeons
make $450 million a year
on implants that are not approved?
This does not communicate to me
that they are protecting our health.
They are protecting that bounty.
And it is the conclusion
of this panel
that manufacturers at this time
have not proven
that silicone breast implants are safe.
However... Ladies and gentlemen... Please.
However, we feel the implants
serve a public health need.
We're asking the FDA Commissioner
to leave the implants on the market
while additional data is collected.
In the meantime,
we urge physicians to explain to women
that safety concerns have not been solved.
Implants are not risk-free.
Women need to know this,
so that they can give informed consent.
We had the manufacturers on the run.
Why did you let the panel back down?
Sybil, I'm not a voting member.
You should have spoken up more.
I spoke for informed consent,
which is what we've been fighting for.
Don't you get it?
The FDA is urging physicians
to tell women of the risks.
Nobody says they have to, by law.
This panel can't change the law!
No, but it could have recommended
that the implants be taken off the market.
Instead, you let them off the hook
and now we're right back where we started.
I think you're overreacting.
Did you see the women in the audience?
The ones who were flown in
to lobby for implants.
Yes, Sybil, I did.
And those women have
a right to have implants
as long as they know the risks.
But they don't.
That's the point!
These companies are playing politics
in order to keep from
exposing everything that they know.
The only person
on this planet who seems to grasp this
is Joshua Norton,
and he's the only one
who's managed to dig deep enough.
Maybe you should be working with him.
Maybe I should.
Let me ask you something.
If your implants had worked,
whose side would you be on right now?
I'd still want to know the risks.
Before we leave,
I'd like to see if there's any way
to undo some of the damage
that was done here today.
Moving to better digs?
Sybil, Kathleen, hi.
I'm glad you stopped by.
Um, this will be better coming from me.
Some of my colleagues feel
that I've allowed myself
to get too close to Command Trust,
and, um, so I'm being transferred.
-Kathleen, welcome to California.
-Thank you, Jimmy.
It's so good to finally
meet you in person.
I'll take that.
Come on in.
Your house is gorgeous.
Sybil should be back in a few minutes.
I hear Washington was rough this time.
We were almost down for the count.
Never seen Sybil so angry.
Good thing that doesn't happen very often.
Sybil was really happy you decided
to change your mind and come out here.
Meeting Joshua Norton is important,
so I wanted to be here.
Excuse me. Girls!
Girls, this is Kathleen Anneken.
Your mom talks about you all the time.
Hi! Turn on the TV, quick.
Celia called me on the car phone.
I'm so glad you're here.
Joan Brouchet sued Dow Corning
claiming her implants ruptured,
leaving her with painful medical problems.
The jury awarded her $7.3 million.
Dow Corning's attorney Vincent Koch
called the jury's verdict outrageous.
Look, there's Koch.
Mrs. Brouchet's attorney,
Joshua Norton, disagrees.
The jury has sent Dow Corning a message,
"You cannot sacrifice the health of women
to enhance your balance sheet."
- Excuse us.
- Are you satisfied with that?
Yes, we are. Thank you very much.
Norton used Dow Corning's own documents
to discredit the company's case.
Boy, would I like to get
a hold of those documents.
Do you ever eat sitting down?
You know what they say,
"You snooze, you lose."
I thought I would see you yesterday.
The verdict came out at what time, 4:00?
I expected to see
Sybil camped outside my office door.
If the FDA Commissioner
saw those documents,
he may pull the
plug on implants once and for all.
You know I'm bound by a court order.
But just think about
the women whose lives would be changed.
Sybil, you really want
to see me in prison?
'Cause that's where I'll be if the judge
were to find me in contempt.
Not to mention,
putting my license on the line.
This isn't just about you.
And this isn't just your fight, Sybil.
I've worked for years on these cases.
Don't tell me I don't care.
The FDA knows how I won those cases.
Now why aren't they
asking the tough questions,
with all these hearings
you're going to all the time?
What should we do now?
Well, if I were you, I'd think about
filing a class action suit.
So the lawyers make lots of money
after about a zillion
years of litigation.
One way to go. Who knows?
Shake enough people up,
maybe somebody on the inside
will pass you the information.
The real truth, it takes all of us going
at it from all the angles.
And I know you don't want to hear this,
but it takes time.
I got to go.
This is my son Brad.
Yeah. Next time bring him out.
Maybe we should file a class action suit.
What do you think, Jim?
Have you noticed my wife
has a one-track mind?
No, does she?
I like this.
You didn't finish your joke.
I'm looking for Command Trust.
Is this Sybil Goldrich?
Yes, it is. Who is this?
I worked for the Razon Corporation.
Do you know what that is?
Well, among other things,
Razon manufactures implants.
Something that I can do for you?
I don't want to talk on the phone.
Can you meet me somewhere? Tomorrow?
I don't like this.
It is a little cloak-and-dagger.
We're just going to talk.
Make sure you're both there at all times.
And meet publicly,
preferably in front of a police station.
Now who's paranoid?
This guy could be a real nutcase.
Jimmy, he's fine.
He's just a little nervous.
Look, I got to go.
Will you call me as soon...
...as you get home, immediately?
Did he say what he'd be wearing
or what he looked like?
Tall, light hair, light eyes.
Well, that narrows it down.
Sybil Goldrich. This is Kathleen Anneken.
-Nice to meet you.
I'm... I'm nervous about this.
You should've seen my husband.
What did you do for Razon?
I'd handle calls
from women whose implants had ruptured.
These were women who
couldn't afford replacements,
so surgeons would have them call us,
to see if the company would do something.
And did it?
We were told to say
we'd never had any complaints before,
which is a lie.
Then the company
would agree to replace the implants,
as long as the women signed releases
protecting us from lawsuits.
And they signed?
I didn't want to make a fuss, but...
After a while, I just felt too bad
about what the company was making
me say to these women, so I quit.
Mr. Ivey, with your help,
we could tell your story
to our 15,000 women on our mailing list.
Come on, Dave. Make a little fuss.
Command Trust Network.
Yeah, I'm writing Dave's story right now.
CNN? Hold on, let me turn it on.
...about the implants that
amplifies our concerns about their safety.
Therefore I'm asking
physicians to cease using gel implants.
...our first obligation is to do no harm.
I'm also asking manufacturers
to stop distributing
these products during this period.
Did you hear that?
Do you think
Joshua Norton gave him those papers?
I don't know.
We still do not know how often
the implants leak...
-Thanks for that.
-See you tomorrow.
You turned those
documents over to the FDA Commissioner.
Did he say that?
No, but how else could he have them?
You got me.
You may not hold lawyers
in high regard, Sybil,
but some of us
actually do believe in obeying the law.
That's right, and I do hold some
lawyers in high regard, like you.
When will the documents be made public?
My estimation, a couple of weeks.
Wish I didn't have to wait.
You are one persistent woman.
The documents are letters
from plastic surgeons,
writing to Dow, complaining about
implant ruptures, leaks and so on.
There were memos from
Dow's own scientists,
pleading with the company
to conduct safety studies.
Let me guess, Dow Corning stonewalled?
They put off the safety studies,
and the studies they did conduct
They put mini implants into dogs,
then published an article
saying there was no problem.
Dogs? We don't even rate primates.
But get this, within a year,
one of the dogs died,
and the other three were in bad shape.
What's going to happen
when this information hits the streets?
I don't think there's any question.
Dow will be buried in litigation.
And sure, class action suit will be filed.
But will any of
the women who deserve the compensation
see the money?
Sybil, if you have anything
to say about it, and I'm sure you will,
those women will be fine.
we're here to find out who's eligible
for the class action lawsuit,
that's all, okay?
Act like I'm going to start
a riot or something, why don't you?
many of the plaintiffs,
especially those in financial difficulty,
turned to the manufacturer for help.
And they were adequately compensated
by the manufacturers, Your Honor.
There's no need
to include them in this suit.
Mr. Koch, compensation
alone is not going to exclude these women
from a class action suit,
you should know that.
what would it cost a woman
to remove and replace ruptured implants?
Um... Do we have these figures?
Your Honor, I don't have the exact figure
in front of me at the moment.
If I may, Your Honor, about $4,000.
-Sybil, give the lawyers a chance.
-All right, all right.
Fine. If women received $4,000
or less from the manufacturers,
we'll say they can participate
in the settlement.
If they received more than
the ceiling amount, they are excluded.
Excuse me, Your Honor.
And who are you?
Sybil Goldrich, Command Trust.
The standard fee
for implant removal is $5,000,
but that is before anesthesia
and additional care.
So, the ceiling, in my opinion,
should be at least $10,000.
Your Honor, please.
Raising the ceiling is going to add many
more women to the settlement.
No, no, no.
That's not my concern at this point.
If Ms. Goldrich is correct in her figures,
it would behoove plaintiff's attorneys
to confirm these numbers,
then $10,000 it will be.
There's an advisory committee
for the class action suit, right?
To help determine the monetary award.
We want to be on it.
No, it's limited to attorneys.
None of you knew
the price of implant surgery.
I mean, where would we be
if Sybil hadn't spoken up?
Okay. But do me a favor, will you?
The next time you sit in on a proceeding,
just pass me a note.
Don't go off like a loose cannon.
Well, I don't have any problem with that.
And if you believe that,
I've got some nice swampland in Florida.
God, I love New York!
Even the street vendors are,
I don't know, special.
-Do you have 50 cents?
Is this your idea of a payoff?
I'll have a regular coffee, please.
Well, you ladies won a minor skirmish
today in a long, very long war.
A war you seem to be losing.
If you count the courts,
the press, public opinion,
and, yes, the scientific community.
It's a funny thing about public opinion.
It can turn on a dime, so can the press.
You can ask any politician.
Courts, well, they reverse
their opinions every day. Thank you.
And as for the so-called
hell, we have a staff full of scientists.
What's that supposed to mean?
It means that that dollar is the only
money you're ever going to see from Dow.
Have a nice day.
What are you thinking?
Nothing that's legal.
You know, the problem with
this whole thing is that
women have been kept
from hearing the truth about implants,
and here we are, barred from hearing
the judge's decision first-hand.
I know. It's unfair.
I'm hungry. You hungry?
Lord, no. I am too keyed up to eat.
I could go for a chopped salad.
With dressing on the side?
Do you think
if we met under different circumstances,
we'd still be friends?
I don't know.
I do know that
if I had to do it all over again,
it's the one thing that
I would never change.
I'm Anne Connor.
- Have we met?
- Not officially.
I'm the one
who confronted you at the FDA hearing.
The one who said,
"You don't speak for me."
Yes, Anne, how could I forget you?
This is Kathleen Anneken.
-How do you do?
So, what brings you to New York?
The class action suit.
And I was hoping
for a chance to apologize to you.
About a year after we met,
one of my implants ruptured.
So I guess you really
do speak for me after all.
Anyway, I'm sorry.
So am I.
I really am. I'm very sorry, Anne.
-We did it.
We got an agreement.
For breast implant victims, $4.2 billion.
Yeah, Dow Corning's got
to pay about half of it, about $2 billion.
Looks to be the largest
class action settlement in history.
There have been
many changes since I last testified here.
Many of you are critical of the
FDA's moratorium on silicone implants.
But I speak to you as a cancer patient.
I survived my cancer,
but I have been continually plagued
with problems arising
from the silicone implants
I used for my breast reconstruction.
My medical records
describe me as an implant failure.
I do not accept that description.
The implants failed me.
Thirty years after the release
of breast implants on the market,
there are still no valid scientific
studies to prove the product's safe.
Not proven unsafe, not proven ineffective,
is not the standard,
never was the standard,
should never be the standard.
The rule to be proven safe
must never be altered.
We are, all of us,
entitled to that safeguard.
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