A group of women injured by vaginal mesh implants has requested Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to sue Johnson & Johnson for deceptive business practices related to the company’s knowledge of the inherent danger of its transvaginal mesh implants. Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit is one of the largest manufacturers of transvaginal mesh implants, which are used to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP). According to a spokesman for the Attorney General’s office, Texas has been engaged in the issue since 2012, and representatives from the Attorney General’s office are on the executive committee of a group of states investigating litigation against transvaginal mesh implant manufacturers. In March 2013, the Attorney General’s office requested a considerable amount of documents from Johnson & Johnson concerning its transvaginal mesh implants through a Civil Investigation Demand, a copy of which can be found here.
POP is caused when bodily structures that hold in place pelvic organs like the bladder, uterus, and bowel become so weak, stretched, or broken that the organs drop from their normal positions and bulge (or prolapse) into the vagina. This can create extreme pelvic discomfort for women with POP, as well as disrupt sexual, urinary, and bowel functions and reduce their overall quality of life.
Thousands of women across the country have filed lawsuits against transvaginal mesh implant manufacturers after suffering serious health complications associated with the use of transvaginal mesh implants to repair POP. Those serious health complications include severe pelvic pain, painful intercourse, or an inability to engage in sexual intercourse as a result of mesh erosion or shrinkage.