Forty-six states and the District of Columbia have investigated Johnson & Johnson for its practices involving vaginal mesh. Two states, California and Washington, have filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, saying that the risks of vaginal mesh implants for treating pelvic collapse were misrepresented.
Victims' “Quality of Life” Forever Changed
Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson said that Johnson & Johnson did not tell doctors or patients about the risks of complications, some of which are dire and irreversible. The complications can include loss of sexual function, urinary dysfunction, severe pain and constipation.
The lawsuit alleges “tens of thousands of violations of the state’s consumer protection law." Attorney General Ferguson said that there were 12,000 of the vaginal mesh implants sold in Washington, but the patients were never told that the foreign material can be rejected by the body or can harbor infections that live indefinitely. They were also not told that mesh can cause "erosion," which is when it pushes through into an organ or the vaginal wall.
California’s Attorney General Says 42,000 Sold in State
California’s lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson alleged deceptive marketing and false advertising. Ethicon, Inc., which is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, says the lawsuits are not justified. In addition, the company said, “Ethicon is concerned that the attorneys general’s decision to file its lawsuit will keep women from obtaining treatment for the often-debilitating symptoms of stress incontinence.”
Tens of Thousands of Lawsuits Already Filed
Boston Scientific, Endo International and Johnson & Johnson are all vaginal mesh manufacturers who have had tens of thousands of lawsuits filed against them by patients. In 2014, Endo said that it would settle over 20,000 cases, for $830 million total. Johnson & Johnson is currently facing over 35,000 lawsuits.
Have You Suffered Because of a Vaginal Mesh Implant?
Patients across the country have suffered after having a vaginal mesh implant procedure done, usually after a hysterectomy, childbirth or menopause. The Food and Drug Administration has relabeled the vaginal mesh implants as high risk, not moderate risk as they once were labeled. If you or a loved one have suffered because of a vaginal mesh implant, you may have legal recourse to seek action against the manufacturer. A local attorney who is experienced in vaginal mesh cases can provide you with additional information.
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