Vaginal mesh, which is produced by industry giant, Johnson and Johnson, has been inserted into millions of women. The product is supposed to help them with symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Instead of relief, millions of women are complaining of intense pain, loss of consortium, bleeding, and other symptoms. In many cases, it can take several surgeries to completely remove the vaginal mesh. Because of this, the FDA has asked that the company pull vaginal mesh from use.
Seattle Pi reports on the settlement Johnson & Johnson agreed to in a lawsuit Washington state had filed. They agreed to settle a lawsuit with the state of Washington that was due to head to court on Monday.
Johnson & Johnson will pay $9.9 million dollars to the state to settle the lawsuit, which alleged that the company failed to include the risks of having its vaginal mesh implanted.
During depositions for the case, Piet Hinoul, global medical director for Johnson & Johnson said that the company was aware of the hazards from day one that the mesh implants present. Washington became the first state to sue Johnson & Johnson over the vaginal mesh.
The $9.9 million will be used to assist the women in Washington, some 14,000 patients, who received the implants. The money will be given in addition to any proceeds from personal lawsuits against the company.
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