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J&J Pays $120M to Settle Up To 3,000 Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

January 28, 2016 — Bloomberg reports that Johnson & Johnson will pay $120 million in a settlement that will resolve 2,000-3,000 lawsuits involving vaginal mesh.

The average works out to about $40,000 per case, but actual payments will vary depending on the strength of the case and the injuries involved. About 42,400 similar lawsuits remain pending in state and federal court.

This is the first big settlement from Johnson & Johnson. Only a handful of cases have been resolved as the litigation has dragged on since 2011.

Last month, a jury in Philadelphia ordered the company to pay $12.5 million to a woman whose bladder was perforated by her Gynecare Prolift mesh implant.

Johnson & Johnson pulled the Gynecare Prolift off the market in June 2012. The withdrawal was not a recall and the company insisted it had nothing to do with safety concerns. However, just a few months earlier, the FDA asked the company to conduct new safety studies.

In January, the FDA re-classified vaginal mesh as a Class III (“high-risk”) medical device that must undergo rigorous Pre-Market Approval (PMA) before it can be sold. The FDA has issued numerous warnings about severe side effects, such as:

  • Erosion through the vaginal wall
  • Chronic pain
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Organ perforation or damage
  • Incontinence or recurrent organ prolapse
  • Neuromuscular problems
  • Vaginal disfigurement
  • Emotional problems

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