West Virginia sues over pelvic mesh implant after sales halted in US

West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced his office has filed a suit against Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary companies Ethicon Inc. and Ethicon US, LLC. Morrisey claims the company was deceptive while marketing their surgical mesh devices.

The Attorney General says they not only misrepresented the effectiveness of the device but also the risks that come with it.

“Misrepresenting any product’s safety is unlawful and can have dire effects on consumers,” said Morrisey. “When medical products are marketed in an improper manner, it can put consumers’ health at risk.”

A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary says it will vigorously defend itself against the lawsuit.

Ethicon spokeswoman Mindy Tinsley issued a statement Wednesday saying the company acted appropriately in its research, development, and marketing of its medical implants.

The federal Food and Drug Administration stopped sales of the mesh in April after years of injury reports as well as tens of thousands of lawsuits involving the devices. Several major manufacturers of the mesh, including Johnson & Johnson, had previously stopped making the implants.

West Virginia joins California, Mississippi, Kentucky and Washington who have similar lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson for the mesh.

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