A New York woman claims she has suffered severe and some permanent injuries caused by two transvaginal mesh surgical implants manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.
The woman’s lawsuit has been combined as part of the federal Multidistrict Litigation currently filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The lawsuit joins a growing number of others which allege severe and permanent injuries caused by two Johnson & Johnson transvaginal mesh products. The lawsuit is known as In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2327). Ethicon is a division of Johnson & Johnson.
Both companies and related subsidiaries are named as Defendants. The lawsuits also claim the companies falsely represented the safety of these devices to the public and to domestic health regulators. The woman from New York is being represented by the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP. The firm continues to add litigants to that lawsuit and is filing lawsuits on behalf of other victims of these defective medical devices.
In a statement from the law firm announcing the lawsuit, the complaint states that “the Plaintiff was implanted with the Prolift and the Gynemesh PS transvaginal mesh. She received the implants to correct her stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, conditions for which the devices were approved, marketed and sold.”
It further claims that these medical devices are defective and put every recipient at a significant risk of suffering serious, painful, and sometimes permanent injuries. Many women who’ve had these and other transvaginal mesh devices implanted have suffered serious health complications afterward, many that require the need for follow-up surgeries, adding to medical costs and unexpected pain incurred by their recipients.
Like many other transvaginal mesh devices, the products named in the lawsuit put women at risk of suffering mesh erosion through the vagina, pain, infections, bleeding, painful intercourse, organ perforation, and urinary problems.
Last year, the Food and Drug Administration stated that injuries caused by transvaginal mesh devices were “not rare” and that it was requiring the makers of these devices to conduct full post-market safety reviews on their products to ensure their overall safety in the future. Since that date, some makers, including Ethicon, have acted to remove some transvaginal mesh devices from the market.
This latest Parker Waichman transvaginal mesh lawsuit claims “the Defendants were well aware of the risks associated with their allegedly defective products but continued to sell them to thousands of women across the country.”