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Activists Want Criminal Probe in J&J Vaginal Mesh Abuses

Activists Want Criminal Probe in J&J Vaginal Mesh Abuses

April 16, 2014 — The Corporate Action Network (CAN), a watchdog group for corporate abuses, has launched a social media campaign aimed at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) on behalf of women who were injured by vaginal mesh.

The group is calling on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to open two criminal investigations into alleged abuses, including:

  • destruction of thousands of documents critical to the vaginal mesh litigation
  • obstruction of a criminal investigation into healthcare offenses.

The destruction of documents was negligent but apparently not a willful attempt to hide evidence, according to U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. He currently oversees about 14,600 vaginal mesh lawsuits pending against J&J in federal court.

The Corporate Action Network has set up a www.johnsonandjohnsonhurtswomen.org with a prominent countdown-clock to April 24, when they will reveal new information about corporate abuses by J&J against women. They have set up a confidential form where whistleblowers can submit tips.

Over 20,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits are pending against J&J’s Ethicon unit, with thousands more pending against other manufacturers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already issued multiple warnings about serious complications, which it says are “not rare.”

One of the most common complications occurs when the mesh erodes through the vaginal wall and becomes exposed. This complication can cause severe pain, infection, scarring, disfigurement, inability to have sexual intercourse, and more. Even with revision surgery, vaginal mesh is often impossible to remove. Some complications may be permanent.

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