- Women Remain Strong in Fight Against Dangerous Mesh
- May 2, 2018
Choosing profits over women’s safety continues to be a battle worth fighting against
Women’s History Month may be over, but it does not mean that the opportunity to celebrate women and all of their accomplishments, contributions, and strengths ends there. Many of these have been hard-fought against people and organizations that have put money and personal gain above the welfare of women. Unfortunately, companies putting profits over women’s safety is the exact case that Waters Kraus & Paul has seen with transvaginal mesh.
What is transvaginal mesh?
Transvaginal mesh is frequently a device made from synthetic or biological material, often polypropylene, used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and/or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). POP is a condition where pelvic organs like the uterus, bladder, and bowel drop from their normal placement in the body. This can happen when the muscles that support these organs become weak or stretched. Weakened pelvic muscles can lead to SUI, which is when a woman loses control of her bladder during the stress of physical movement or activity, such as laughing, coughing, running, or lifting heaving objects. Despite known problems with transvaginal mesh––such as erosion and migration of the device through the vaginal wall leading to pain, infection, bleeding, and other injuries––companies continue to manufacture and sell these products.
Choosing Profits Over Safety
There have been numerous instances that demonstrate the dangers of transvaginal mesh:
A consistent chain of behavior demonstrates Ethicon’s disregard for patient safety, making profit its first priority, and dragging its heels on reprinting mesh instructions with proper warnings.
An American Association for Justice article highlights a history of manufacturers, including those of transvaginal mesh, putting profits ahead of safety for products marketed towards women.
A Kentucky lawsuit alleges Johnson & Johnson engaged in deceptive marketing to women and their doctors.
California and the state of Washington have filed transvaginal mesh lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, charging that the medical device maker misrepresented the risks of its mesh implants.