Alaska to get $1.3M in Johnson & Johnson lawsuit settlement
Alaska joins 40 other states and the District of Columbia in receiving a portion of a $116 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson. Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson announced in a news release Thursday that the state will receive $1.3 million of the total.
The lawsuit that was settled stems from allegations of Johnson & Johnson deceptively marketing transvaginal surgical mesh devices. After a multistate investigation, the company was found to have violated consumer protection laws by not disclosing the possible side effects of the devices.
The side effects include risk of chronic pain, inflammation, erosion of the mesh, incontinence, pain during intercourse and vaginal scarring. The investigations show the company knew of these possible medical complications but did not give adequate warnings to patients or surgeons.
The mesh is used to repair pelvic organ prolapse, a condition where weakened pelvic muscles are unable to fully support internal organs. As a result, the organs drop and sit lower than they should in the pelvis. The mesh is used to give the organs additional support.
As part of the settlement, Johnson & Johnson must not represent the mesh as being approved by the Food and Drug Administration when it is not.
The company must also, among other requirements, make sure the surgeons who use the mesh are trained on the associated risks.
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