Personal injury lawyers have recently learned that Johnson & Johnson says it will stop selling four of its vaginal mesh implant devices worldwide. Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson division, manufactures the devices used to treat incontinence and shore up weakened pelvic muscles.
If approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the company would no longer market the Prolift, Prolift+ M, TVT Secur, and Prosima systems. Johnson & Johnson plans to continue distributing a different device, the Gyencare Gynemesh, and has requested a label change that would restrict its use.
More than 600 women have sued Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon for injuries caused by the device, including organ damage, pelvic injuries, and other complications. Johnson & Johnson said that it will not issue a recall of vaginal mesh devices that were already sold or implanted.
According to a report completed by the FDA last year, injuries, deaths and malfunctions in women implanted with vaginal mesh devices have increased to five times as much. The report says weakened support of the internal organs can cause serious injuries to women. The FDA has since ordered Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers of the mesh devices study organ damage and complications related to the products.
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