Not only is Johnson & Johnson embroiled in lawsuits over their baby powder and talc products, but they are also involved in numerous lawsuits over their vaginal mesh implants. A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon, manufactured the vaginal mesh implants which were surgically implanted in women suffering from urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Many of these women began experiencing excruciating pain and loss of consortium. Some of those women had to undergo numerous corrective surgeries to have the implanted mesh removed.
Fox 43 in Philadelphia reports on a lawsuit over the mesh implants where a jury awarded a woman $41 million.
57-year-old Suzanne Emmett had the mesh implanted in 2007. The implant was manufactured by Ethicon and was intended to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Soon after the implantation surgery, Emmett began experiencing pain and discomfort.
Six more surgeries meant to remove the mesh have failed and Emmett experiences symptoms such as infections, inflammation, bleeding, pain, and painful intercourse. The symptoms are caused by the erosion and exposure of the mesh implant.
Her lawsuit claimed that the company was aware of the failures of its mesh implants and withheld information pertaining to the tendency of their mesh products to fail, causing injury and complications.
The jury unanimously awarded $15 million in compensatory damages to Emmett, $1 million to her husband for loss of consortium, and $25 million in punitive damages.
More than 100,000 women have filed lawsuits regarding vaginal mesh products from numerous manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson.
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