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Corporate Action Network and Injured Women Call on Texas Attorney General for Investigation Into Pelvic Mesh Industry

Texas Women Cite Injuries and Public Health Costs in Letter to Attorney General Abbott

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Citing their personal health problems and the public costs incurred, Texas women who have been seriously injured by pelvic mesh implants requested that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott investigate the pelvic mesh industry for its dangerous implants.

“Across Texas, women are being hurt by the pelvic mesh industry, led by Johnson & Johnson and the company’s top executive, CEO Alex Gorsky”

“We call for Attorney General Greg Abbott to investigate the pelvic mesh industry for selling dangerous products to women throughout Texas. The damage this product has caused already has cost taxpayers too much money through Medicaid and other state public health systems,” stated Jane Akre, who has been organizing survivors of pelvic mesh implants for more than five years.

In their letter to Attorney General Abbott, the women make the case that the pelvic mesh industry should be held accountable to the state treasury for funds spent for pelvic mesh-attributable costs to the Medicaid Program, the State Employee Retirement System, the State Employee Group Insurance Program, and charity care.

“Across Texas, women are being hurt by the pelvic mesh industry, led by Johnson & Johnson and the company’s top executive, CEO Alex Gorsky,” added Akre. “Pelvic mesh implants are perhaps the most dangerous product to women’s health on the market today. Gorsky should immediately pull pelvic mesh off the market, and his delay in doing so is a slap in the face to women across Texas.”

More than 70,000 separate lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of pelvic mesh implants. Local survivors in Texas signed on to today’s request for an investigation.

“It’s time for Attorney General Abbott to step in and help us,” stated survivor Debbie Mitchell of Dallas. “Many women have been permanently damaged by these faulty products which really have no place in the human body."

According to the letter, the pelvic mesh industry, led by Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and its CEO Alex Gorsky, may be in criminal violation Texas Penal Code pursuant to Sec. 32.42 of the Deceptive Business Practices Act for the corporation’s knowledge of the inherent danger of the mesh implants as well as the destruction of documents about the products’ safety.

Indicating that Johnson & Johnson knew how harmful pelvic mesh implants were, the corporation destroyed thousands of documents regarding the safety and efficacy of the implants. Although top company executives initially denied it, a magistrate judge found that Ethicon, a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson that manufactured the implants, destroyed documents pertaining to their effectiveness and safety as far back as 2007. Alex Gorsky, the current Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, was named head of Ethicon in 2008, before most of the documents were destroyed, and has continued to oversee it in his climb through the company’s ranks.

Click here to see the letter to Attorney General Abbott.

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