Patient Advocates Press for J&J Probe
A patients group is calling for authorities to investigate Johnson & Johnson and CEO Alex Gorsky in connection to possible misconduct related to the manufacture and sale of pelvic mesh devices.
About the Misconduct Accusations
“Pelvic mesh implants are perhaps the most dangerous product to women’s health on the market today. Gorsky should immediately pull pelvic mesh of the market.” – patient advocate Jane Akre as published by MassDevice
According to MassDevice, the Corporate Action Network is urging Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to investigate Gorsky and J&J for possible violations of the Deceptive & Unfair Trade Practices Act.
The group alleges that the pharmaceutical company purposely concealed inherent dangers associated with the pelvic mesh implants and destroyed important document connected to this their knowledge of the risks.
The group launched a website earlier this year titles “Johnson & Johnson Hurts Women” in which they encouraged tipsters from around the world to submit information and accounts that could be used against the company.
Transvaginal mesh devices have been a source of controversy for years and gained additional momentum when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety communication warning healthcare professionals and patients about potential risks associated with the implants, and suggesting that the devices be given a higher risk profile.
Adverse Events Linked to Pelvic Mesh Devices
The following side effects have been reported to the FDA in connection to transvaginal mesh devices:
- Chronic pain
- Serious infection
- Mesh erosion
- Urinary problems
- Recurrence of prolapsed
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation
- Narrowing of the vaginal wall
- Revision surgery