Thousands of women sue Johnson and Johnson over mesh implants

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 5, 2017

'And I don't think I am alone in that'.

According to the women, use of the mesh had caused them chronic and often debilitating pain, infections, loss of sexual function and incontinence.

The email surfaced as Johnson &Johnson face off against more than 700 Australian women who claim they have been left suffering painful and life altering complications as a result of the trans vaginal mesh products, the Newcastle Herald reported.

Tony Bannon, a barrister at Shine Lawyers, told the court that the pharmaceutical giant did not investigate proper clinical trials on the possible complications of the mesh.

A legal battle involving hundreds of Australian women has commenced in Sydney's Federal Court today.

The Australian action was brought on behalf of more than 700 claimants.

The women are alleging that Johnson & Johnson's vaginal mesh implant was not adequately tested and that the company failed to warn patients and surgeons of the risk.

Johnson & Johnson said it was only aware of 200 "product events" after selling more than 100,000 pelvic floor fix products in Australia.

"Australian women have had their lives changed forever by these products". Many now live in excruciating pain, suffering awful side effects that impact all aspects of their lives. It has had truly devastating consequences'.

"These are risks none of the applicants would have run if they had been properly advised", he said.

Her life from that date had become "a living nightmare", she said.

'It's a awful thing that rubs and creates a cheese grater effect'.

Patients across the US, UK and Canada had filed tens of thousands of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and other pelvic mesh manufacturers over the implants, which were used to treat urinary incontinence and fix pelvic organ prolapse, a condition often caused by childbirth in which organs shifted out of place. "Even if removed the pain and disability will continue".

Louise King, one of the women in the class action suit, said she was not able to have sex with her husband after she had the implant after a prolapse.

'We could never make love again before he died from prostate and lung cancer in 2014'.

The trial is expected to run for at least six months, with the court expected to hear from Australian and worldwide experts as well as testimonies from patients who suffered due to the implants, according to Shine Laywers.

Whilst Johnson & Johnson claim the vaginal mesh was supported by clinical research, clinicians involved in testing the device allegedly knew the risks the mesh presented.

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