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Johnson and Johnson loses class action lawsuit over vaginal mesh

Christian Fernsby |
More than 1,350 Australian women got their satisfaction after a long-running class action lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson over vaginal mesh implants.


Australia's Federal Court found that Johnson and Johnson subsidiary Ethicon failed to warn patients and surgeons about the "risks" posed by the products.

The implants were commonly used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth.

Some patients said they had suffered chronic pain, bleeding and severe discomfort during sexual intercourse after having the mesh surgically implanted.

Judge Anna Katzmann ruled that much of the information the company provided about the products was "inaccurate" and at times made "false representations".

"The risks were known, not insignificant and on Ethicon's own admission, serious harm could ensue if they eventuated," Ms Katzmann said in her ruling.

The court will set damages next year.

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