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Investigation launched into possible defective medical device

Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is the producer of a mesh product for use in certain surgeries that has been at the center of some pretty hot controversy. This alleged defective medical device has allegedly affected both women and men across the country, including in California. Some of the injuries that were supposedly incurred appear to have long-lasting consequences for those affected.

The polypropylene mesh is used in a variety of surgeries, including for incontinence, hernias and even pelvic organ prolapse. However, the Attorney General’s Office in another state has recently initiated an investigation into the safety of the device. Additionally, the Federal Drug Administration has also warned against the mesh’s use, claiming that serious side effects aren't exactly uncommon.

A consumer protection division has also been investigating the use and apparent related injuries of these mesh products for almost two years. The investigation has spanned the country, delving into claims of injuries in various states, including California. The more recent Attorney General investigation in Texas has requested that the company turn over documents concerning its research and safety, as well as any incentives it might have paid out to those who might either prescribe or sell the mesh products.

The founder of an advocacy group for patients who claim to have been injured following the implantation of this mesh product claims that the injury doesn't just occur to the patient. She claims that it goes beyond that, affecting the family and those around them. Whether in California or across the nation, those who have suffered serious injury from this apparent defective medical device may benefit from the successful litigation of a medical malpractice claim. Financial compensation related to such a claim can prove to be an essential tool for moving forward -- both financially and emotionally -- from a substantial injury that may have long-term implications.

Source: kens5.com, "Texas Attorney General's Office investigating pelvic mesh", Janet St. James, July 8, 2014

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