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Johnson & Johnson Stopping Sales of Vaginal Implants

Johnson & Johnson is in big trouble with a defective vaginal implant.

June 6, 2012- Johnson & Johnson announced on Tuesday it would no longer sell vaginal mesh implants following a number of lawsuits alleging the devices cause complications, including infection. The company has been sued by customers who allege they have had organ damage along with other injuries from the devices, many of which are implanted to help support vaginal muscles that have weakened.

The unit of J&J that makes the implants is Ethicon, Inc and it has more than one thousand lawsuits that are pending against it. A spokesman for the company said the company asked the FDA for authorization to stop selling four of the products within the next four months, after advising surgeons and hospitals to look for alternative products.

The vaginal mesh is made of biological or synthetic material and is commonly implanted to repair a woman’s damaged or weakened tissue and to provide help with support when pelvic organ prolapsed occurs. That condition happens as tissue that holds the organs in the pelvis in place becomes too weak or is stretched and starts to bulge into the vagina.

The mesh also is used to help with stress urinary incontinence, which is an overactive bladder. More than 75,000 women had mesh repairs for POP in 2010 and close to 200,000 received repairs for urinary incontinence during the same year.

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