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Thu Nov 21, 2019, 04:29 AM

Johnson & Johnson 'negligent' in landmark vaginal mesh lawsuit


Johnson & Johnson 'negligent' in landmark vaginal mesh lawsuit

Date 21.11.2019

Australia's federal court on Thursday ruled in favor of hundreds women who suffered severe pain from a vaginal mesh implant, in a landmark class-action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson.

The 7-year-old case in Australia has been closely followed around the world as the pharmaceutical giant faces similar lawsuits in Europe, the Middle East and the US, claiming it deliberately hid the risks of the pelvic mesh product that was implanted in some women following childbirth.

Federal Judge Anna Katzmann in Sydney said that "overwhelming" evidence showed the creator of the device was "negligent" and misled both surgeons and patients.

More than 1,350 women joined the class-action lawsuit one of Australia's biggest against medical device creator Ethicon, which is owned by the US-based Johnson & Johnson.

Many of the women who were given the device to treat post-childbirth pelvic collapse or incontinence suffered debilitating pain, bleeding, infections, an inability to have sex, and organ slippage. The device is difficult to remove.

Ethicon said it is reviewing the court decision and will consider its options for appeal.

Judge Katzmann who will award compensation in February said that although no medical device is without risk, Johnson & Johnson knew that they were pushing an "inaccurate" product that was not safe and did not properly inform doctors and patients.

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Thu Nov 21, 2019, 07:02 AM

1. John Oliver did an episode dedicated to medical devices,

I believe vaginal mesh was covered.

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