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Johnson & Johnson Hit with Transvaginal Mesh Class Action Lawsuit in Canada

Apr 19, 2012 | Parker Waichman LLP

Johnson & Johnson continues to face a growing number of lawsuits over its transvaginal mesh device.  Most recently, a group of women in Canada filed a transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, as well as its Ethicon and Gynecare units alleging they were not warned about the serious side effects associated with the defendants’ transvaginal mesh devices.

"I woke up from surgery and the pain was absolutely unbelievable," Carol Kouyoumjian, who received a Johnson & Johnson transvaginal mesh device six years ago, told "If the pain scale runs from 1-10, mine was a 12. My legs were literally vibrating."

The transvaginal mesh device did not cure her stress urinary incontinence, and even now she continues to suffer from severe leg pain.  Because of her complications, Kouyoumjian lost her job as a nurse.
Diane McLaughlin told that she has also suffered chronic, severe leg pain since her transvaginal mesh surgery in 2006.

“I never had this before, nothing so bad that you could just sit down and cry. You don't know what is going on with your body," she said.

Both women blame their health woes on Johnson & Johnson's transvaginal mesh products, and claim that neither the product literature they reviewed, nor their doctors warned them of the possible risks of the procedure.
Lawyers representing plaintiffs in the  Canadian transvaginal mesh lawsuit said it was too early to quantify their claims, but believe the women are entitled to "significant" damages. 

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