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Johnson and Johnson faces lawsuit over vaginal mesh devices

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3045 (Published 27 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3045
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

The US states of California and Washington have filed a suit against the drug and device maker Johnson and Johnson, alleging that the company hid its knowledge about potential adverse effects, some of which were permanent, associated with its vaginal mesh devices used to treat pelvic prolapse and stress incontinence.

“It’s difficult to put into words the horrific injuries and pain many women are still suffering as a result of Johnson and Johnson’s deception,” said Bob Ferguson, Washington state attorney general. “They believed they were making informed medical decisions, but that was impossible when Johnson and Johnson was spreading inaccurate information about its products’ risks, essentially duping doctors into using their own patients as clinical trials.”

In a simultaneous announcement California’s attorney general, Kamala Harris, said, “Johnson and Johnson put millions of women at risk of …

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