Johnson & Johnson Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits
Plaintiffs Allege J & J Covered Up Damaging Clinical Reports
July 17, 2017
In the ongoing class action case in Sydney, Australia, against medical device manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, the court has recently heard allegations that the corporation tried to prevent French health authorities from publishing a report about the risks of pelvic mesh devices manufactured by J & J.
At issue in the case is whether the pelvic mesh devices – also known as transvaginal mesh devices – are responsible for the plaintiffs’ chronic and debilitating pain. Some plaintiffs have alleged that the devices, which are often surgically implanted to treat common complications from childbirth, have ruined their sex lives and destroyed their livelihoods.
The plaintiffs’ attorney presented in court the notions that the women in Australia were treated by Johnson & Johnson as “guinea pigs,” and that the devices had not been properly tested before they were released onto the Australian market in 2005.
A central point in the attorney’s presentation was that Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, under which imprint the majority of the company’s pelvic mesh devices are made, took steps to quash the publication of a report by Haute Autorité de Santé, the French national health authority, that opined that the devices required further clinical testing in order to be released safely on the market. By the time J & J got wind of the report, the plaintiffs allege, the products had been on the Australian market for two years, and the company acted to suppress its publication.
Further, the plaintiffs allege, Johnson & Johnson ramped up its already-aggressive campaigns to market their transvaginal mesh devices to doctors and surgeons. These reports stressed the products’ safety and efficacy. In the words of the plaintiffs’ attorney, the company’s attitude was “sell first, test later.”
Class action and Multi-District Litigation (MDL) cases are pending against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson in numerous American states as well as in several other countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia.
If your health, or the health of a loved one, has been placed in jeopardy by the surgical implantation of a pelvic mesh device, TheLawFirm.com wants to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Ethically Challenged Ethicon
No company has done less to earn the name “Ethicon” than Ethicon. We’re willing to wager that Ethicon is one of the most unethical pharmaceutical companies around – and that’s saying something.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knew that Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Physiomesh was an inferior, dangerous product. That’s why the agency strongly encouraged Ethicon to recall the Physiomesh in 2016.
Even though Ethicon did recall the Physiomesh, the company won’t admit it. Johnson & Johnson calls the recall a “voluntary withdrawal.”
The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com call that “a load of hogwash.”
The problems with the Ethicon Physiomesh can be traced back to the problems with its design. In fact, the things that make the Ethicon Physiomesh stand out in a medical marketplace crowded with hernia mesh products are not its benefits, but its flaws.
All hernia mesh devices are made of polypropylene, a strong, lightweight plastic with a million and one uses. But polypropylene, even when sterilized, has been shown in countless clinical trials to decay when implanted in the human body. When it decays, it can cause infection. It can even cause severe bleeding and trauma in internal organs.
Nevertheless, the manufacturers of the Ethicon Physiomesh decided to compromise its quality by using an especially lightweight polypropylene.
So Johnson & Johnson made an unsafe product even less safe. Not only is it more prone to decaying, but the Physiomesh can easily rip. The sole purpose of a hernia mesh is to keep internal tissues in place. A ripped hernia mesh is utterly useless. More than that, it’s dangerous.
Kind of makes you wonder why any doctor or surgeon would recommend the use of the Ethicon Physiomesh.
And that’s why it’s important to remember that your doctors are as much as victim of Johnson & Johnson’s greed as you are. Your doctors and surgeons were on the receiving end of countless sales pitches – both high-pressure and subtle – from Johnson & Johnson. Whether they knew it or not, they were coerced by Johnson & Johnson to recommend the Physiomesh.
And now you’re paying the price.
Which is exactly why it’s time to even out the balance sheet. The time to take legal action against Johnson & Johnson is now. And the expert lawyers at TheLawFirm.com are the ones you want by your side.
We specialize in cases about the Ethicon Physiomesh. We know how to try them, and we know how to win them.
If you’ve experienced health problems as a result of the surgical implantation of the Ethicon Physiomesh, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Contact TheLawFirm.com to learn how we can help you.
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