More than 400 lawsuits have been centralized for pretrial proceedings before Judge Carol E. Higbee in Atlantic County. The lawsuits filed against Ethicon, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson allege the transvaginal mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapsed and urinary stress incontinence, is defective and dangerous.
According to the lawsuits, the transvaginal mesh products involved include Gynecare TVT sling, Gynecare Gynemesh, Gynecare Prolift, Gynecare Proline, and other products manufactured by Ethicon. The products were all marketed as a safe and effective alternative to corrective surgical procedures, have instead been found to erode and cause pelvic pain, pelvic infections, urinary problems and other complications.
The FDA has issued a warning regarding the risks associated with the transvaginal mesh, that when used for pelvic prolapsed showed no significant benefit over other means of treatment.
The lawsuits allege that J&J manufactured a defective product, while knowing the product was unreasonably dangerous, negligence, failure to warn, fraud, and strict liability.
Transvaginal mesh problems have also been associated with similar mesh products sold by C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, and American Medical Systems.