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Johnson & Johnson Sued Over Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh

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Linda Gross has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, along with 100 other women, over the transvaginal mesh Gynecare Prolift, alleging negligence and defective product design.

According to the lawsuit, Gross had the product implanted to treat her pelvic organ prolapse in 2006. Since that time, Gross has experienced urinary complications and constant pain because her body continues to reject the mesh, which cannot be fully removed.

Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition in which the bladder, bowels or uterus fall into the vagina. In the past, pelvic organ prolapse was treated by hysterectomy, with additional sutures for additional support.

Gross says that she is unable to sit for more than 20 minutes, can’t have sex with her husband, and can only be active for a few minutes at a time. She has had 12 surgeries to correct the complications, but all of them have failed.

Between 2008 and 2010 the FDA received over 1500 reports of injury, infection, malfunction and death associated with the device. The FDA is currently deciding on whether to pull the device from the market. It is estimated that 500 lawsuits have been filed against transvaginal mesh manufacturers since 2010.

Gross the other 100 women are suing for compensatory and punitive damages. disclaimer: This article: Johnson & Johnson Sued Over Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh was posted on Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 4:22 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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