California Sues Johnson and Johnson Over Pelvic Mesh
The company Johnson and Johnson have recently been sued by the state of California over pelvic meshes. According to the state of California Johnson and Johnson failed to warn doctors and patients about the severity and frequency of complications involved with their pelvic meshes.
Details of the Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit
According to Reuters, the lawsuit filed by the attorney general on Tuesday stated that Johnson and Johnson falsely marketed their product, saying, “They marketed their devices as a safe and superior option to non-mesh treatments for pelvic floor disorders, when it was aware that they could cause pain, bleeding, loss of sexual function and other side effects.”
The attorney general also stated that Johnson and Johnson put millions of women at risk of severe health problems by failing to provide critical information to doctors and patients about their surgical mesh.
Johnson and Johnson states that the lawsuit is unjustified and that it would not discourage women from seeking treatment from incontinent symptoms. Johnson and Johnson sold over 787,000 mesh devices in the US from 2008 to 2014, including over 42,000 in the state of California.
Johnson and Johnson are not the only company being sued about their pelvic mesh devices, there are other companies who are facing lawsuits for the poor design of their pelvic mesh products. Earlier this year the Food and Drug administration stated that it was reclassifying the pelvic mesh from class II or moderate risk to class III for high risk devices.
Common Injuries Reported to the FDA
Among the most common injuries reported in connection with pelvic mesh implants are:
- Chronic pain
- Mesh erosion
- Serious infection
- Urinary problems
- Organ perforation
- Pain during intercourse
- Revision surgery