By Jessica Surber, attorney
English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that he is suing Johnson & Johnson for false marketing of transvaginal mesh, a medical product that the company sold to doctors and surgeons. The mesh is an implant used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and relieve stress urinary incontinence.
Beshear said in a press conference that the mesh has been implanted in 15,000 Kentucky women without Johnson & Johnson or Ethicon, the medical device subsidiary, providing proper information to women about the product.
The lawsuit doesn’t seek compensation for women harmed by the transvaginal mesh. Instead, it seeks civil penalties against Johnson and Johnson.
This type of lawsuit by an attorney general is unusual, and while it seeks to punish the manufacturer of transvaginal mesh, it doesn’t help women who are suffering because of this product. Anyone who has been injured is strongly urged to seek help from a qualified attorney, who can help them advocate for their rights.