Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a lawsuit in December 2019 against Johnson & Johnson, alleging that the company deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh devices. The suit, filed in Multnomah County, also named Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon. The suit alleges that the company deceptively marketed the devices by failing to disclose dangerous complications that could result from the use of the surgical mesh. Close to 4,000 women in Oregon used pelvic mesh without being aware of the dangers it posed.
What is Pelvic Mesh?
Pelvic mesh, or transvaginal mesh, is a surgical implant that is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. It is a net-like device that is used to repair weakened or damaged tissue. These devices are typically manufactured using a plastic called polypropylene.
Marketed as Safe
Johnson & Johnson marketed pelvic mesh as minimally invasive and with minimal risk. However, for some women, the use of the device caused serious complications such as pain, mesh breakdown, organ perforation, bleeding, sexual dysfunction, and urinary problems. In some cases, women have had to undergo additional surgeries to correct problems caused by the pelvic mesh and these complications seriously impacted the quality of life for these women. Johnson & Johnson continued marketing their product as safe, even after receiving complaints from doctors and patients about these severe complications.
Johnson & Johnson previously enter into a settlement for $117 million with 41 states and the District of Columbia over their deceptive marketing of pelvic mesh. In addition, a San Diego Superior Court judge in January of 2020 ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay almost $344 million in penalties finding that the company deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products. Pelvic mesh has been at the heart of $8 billion in settlements between several manufacturers and tens of thousands of women.
After years of complaints, in 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) halted the sale of the product to treat a condition called organ prolapse. Johnson & Johnson had stopped the sale of that product for organ prolapse in 2012 but continued to sell a similar product for use in urinary incontinence cases.
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