Vaginal Mesh Implant Used Without Approval

Jeremy Thurman on April 24, 2012


While we take great pride in the work we do to help our clients, it’s sometimes a difficult task when we see how people are injured by the neglect or abuse of others. This is the case today, as Oklahoma vaginal mesh attorneys, as more details come to light about a company putting aside consumer safety in the name of greed. Johnson & Johnson, a respected name in healthcare products for decades, was apparently selling a vaginal mesh implant that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had not approved for use.

Johnson & Johnson introduced a vaginal mesh implant called the Gynecare Prolift in March 2005. Like other vaginal mesh products, it was meant to serve as a remedy for weakened pelvic muscles, and conditions like pelvic organ prolapse (POP). In 2007, Johnson & Johnson sought FDA approval for a similar product. It was then, the FDA says, that it learned of the Prolift. The FDA approved both products in May 2008.

This means Johnson & Johnson was selling the Gynecare Prolift for three years without FDA approval. Now, more than 550 lawsuits have been filed by women who claim they were injured by the Prolift vaginal mesh device.

Johnson & Johnson is claiming they were able to market and sell the Prolift because it was very similar to another product that had already received FDA approval. The FDA disagrees, saying no medical device may be sold without proper clearance.

This incident alone would raise questions about Johnson & Johnson’s ethics and practices, but the story gets even more disturbing. According to Bloomberg News, the company has already been the target of recalls for defective medical devices (hip implants), and over-the-counter drugs. In the last two years, three units within the company have pleaded guilty to bribery and illegal marketing of drugs, and a fourth unit is also pleading guilty in another marketing case.

Ongoing vaginal mesh lawsuits involve interviews with at least 70 witnesses from Johnson & Johnson, as well as 2.3 million pages of evidence, and hundreds of women injured by the unapproved vaginal mesh.

If you received a vaginal mesh implant and have been injured, or if you’re not sure whether the implant you received was unapproved or has been recalled, we can help you. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation, and help us stop companies like Johnson & Johnson from taking advantage of unsuspecting patients.


Jeremy Thurman

Jeremy Thurman is an attorney at McIntyre Law who focuses primarily on semi-truck accident and catastrophic injury cases. He is known as a meticulous attorney whose work ethic and small town values translate into excellent results for his clients. Read more about Jeremy Thurman.


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