The Attorney General of California has filed a consumer fraud lawsuit alleging
that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn doctors and patients about serious
complications associated with its pelvic mesh devices. The suit also maintains
that J&J violated the state’s consumer protection laws by using
deceptive advertising to market the medical device.
“Johnson & Johnson put millions of women at risk of severe health
problems by failing to provide critical information to doctors and patients
about its surgical mesh products,”
said Attorney General Kamala Harris. “Johnson & Johnson’s deception denied women the ability
to make informed decisions about their health and well-being. My office
will continue to hold companies accountable for misleading consumers and
patients for financial gain.”
More than 42,000 transvaginal mesh devices were sold in the State of California,
according to the suit. Across the country, J&J faces over 35,000 personal
injury lawsuits in state and federal court related to its transvaginal
As we have
previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that vaginal
mesh implants do little to improve pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a condition
where a woman’s uterus, bladder, or rectum can slip out of place.
In many cases, the medical device exposes patients to a number of serious
risks, including erosion of mesh through the vagina. The complication
can require multiple surgeries to repair and can be debilitating for some women.
The California consumer fraud litigation maintains that J&J misrepresented
the safety of tits vaginal mesh devices by concealing the severity and
frequency of serious and irreversible complications caused by mesh, including
permanent pain with intercourse and/or loss of sexual function, chronic
pain, permanent urinary or defecatory dysfunction, and potentially devastating
impact on overall quality of life. The suit further claims that the device
maker was aware of the potential risks and side effects prior to the launch
of their mesh products, yet omitted that information from educational
and marketing materials provided to doctors and patients.
If you or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to vaginal
mesh or another dangerous medical device, don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free
consultation. Our legal team has successfully represented clients against
manufacturers and distributors of medical devices for more than 30 years.