CTV News (17th April 2012) in Canada reports on a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by a group of women who claim their lives have been affected by a surgical mesh inserted in them to help treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Some are reporting severe complications from the treatment and say they were never fully warned of the risks.
Carol Kouyoumjian, one of the women involved in the suit, had a transvaginal mesh product inserted to try to prevent stress incontinence. She says the mesh did not work, plus she developed chronic leg pain and lost her nursing job because she could no longer stand for more than a couple of hours at a time.
The article states that in 2008 and again in 2010, the US Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada issued two warnings, about the risk of complications.
The law firm representing Canadian clients says the aim of the lawsuit is to prompt better warnings for women considering the mesh that reflect the magnitude of the risks and the failure rate so that doctors and patients can make informed decisions.
One of the defendants in the suit, Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, manufacturers of the mesh named in the suit, defended its actions claiming that evidence would show Ethicon acted appropriately and responsibly in the research, development and marketing of these products.
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