Johnson & Johnson Settlement On Surgical Mesh Includes $2.8 Million For Arizona

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By Emily Mae Dean

PHOENIX – Arizona will receive $2.8 million of a nearly $117 million settlement. Johnson & Johnson has reached over safety concerns and misleading marketing of a surgical mesh used to treat urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor disorders, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Friday.

The nationwide settlement involved transvaginal surgical meshes implanted to treat a variety of pelvic floor issues. But state prosecutors in 41 states and the District of Columbia said it caused pain, incontinence, sexual dysfunction and tissue distortion.

In a statement, Brnovich’s office said Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon Inc., agreed to pay $2.8 million to Arizona in penalties. It also called for a stop to inaccurate safety claims and reform in “how Ethicon markets and trains health-care providers” on the products.

The Arizona lawsuit states that the company failed to disclose to doctors and patients that complications caused by the meshes may be irreversible. The mesh is meant to “integrate into the body,” but the companies did not reveal that such integration could make removal difficult to nearly impossible, the suit says. Instead, Ethicon blamed complications on physicians.

Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon did not admit fault, they said in a statement that the settlement does not equate to an admission of liability. In a statement on their website regarding ethical sales and marketing practices, the company states that they strive “to operate with the highest standards of business conduct and transparency through all communications with patients, consumers, healthcare professionals and other stakeholders.”

The company faces multiple additional lawsuits, including one alleging the company understated the risks and overstated the benefits of opioids. The company also has fought 14,000 lawsuits claiming its baby powder causes ovarian cancer.

The company also recalled 33,000 bottles of their baby powder on Friday after the Food and Drug Administration found evidence of a known carcinogen in one bottle. Johnson & Johnson said in a statement on their website that they are investigating.

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  1. So to have a better understanding. They are paying the state of AZ almost $3,000,000.00 U.S.D. in penalties.. And did I read that right , 41 prosecutors are somehow involved in ??/ what ? Litigating the case on behalf of the injured women? Call me stupid but I just don’t understand. Here I am , 49 3 years ago strangulated abdominal hernia required emergency surgery, the first surgeon makes a CRITICAL error according to the second surgeon, by letting the mesh fold over . 5 days lying on a hospital bed being pumped with morphine for that pain, vomiting fecal matter, rushed back into surgery on day 5 , the medical records totally cover up what really happened. I am basically abused by 3 law firms who do nothing to get my case filed against BARD the maker of the VENTRALIGHT mesh implanted in my body , leaving me disabled, fighting for social security filing complaints that just get ignored, lose my job , lose MY HOME , and just left for dead and the state gets almost $3million . How is any of this right? Okay , penalties for what is what I want. to know? What does the state do with this money? Does it use it to help people like me suffering from HERNIA MESH ? or does the state take the money and invest it into retirement for state workers? Why won’t the state do anything for individuals that have been affected by these companies? I can’t get a local lawyer to simply file a short filing in an MDL that has a master filing in place, I just get shuffled from firm to firm and have. to keep sending my records out. Because after 5 months of no contact I have no choice but to terminate the lawyer who took my case and just let it sit there. IT MAKES NO SENSE. If anybody knew the level of frustration and feelings of contempt for these people in the legal system that do nothing for average people. I have a viable case being split between 4 firms, and my case still isn’t filed in the MDL or anywhere else? ARIZONA , A LITTLE HELP PLEASE, WORKED ON THE BOOKS FOR OVER 25 YEARS ENDED MY CAREER AT $82K DISABLED DUE TO SURGICAL ERROR AND DEFECTIVE MEDICAL DEVICE AND NOBODY CARES? well at least the state gets some money, ya know for there suffering. CRAZY CRAZY SYATEM

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