Corporate Action Network and Mississippi women who have been seriously
injured by pelvic mesh implants asked Mississippi Attorney General Jim
Hood to investigate Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) for its dangerous pelvic
mesh implants, citing their personal health problems and costs incurred
by Mississippi taxpayers.
"We ask that Attorney General Hood investigate Johnson & Johnson and its
CEO Alex Gorsky for selling dangerous products to women throughout
Mississippi. 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.
"Across Mississippi, women are being hurt by Johnson & Johnson's
dangerous products, and the company's top executive, CEO Alex Gorsky,
needs to be held accountable for the women he has hurt.
"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 Mississippi," added Akre.
More than 70,000 separate lawsuits have been filed against manufacturer
of pelvic mesh implants. Local survivors in Mississippi signed on to
today's request for an investigation.
"Please, Mr. Hood, listen to us," stated survivor Sarah Smith of
Mississippi. "We have permanent damage as mesh victims. Mesh should be
permanently banned from being used in the human body!"
The women cite in the letter that Johnson & Johnson and its CEO Alex
Gorsky may be in violation of Section 74-24-5 of the Revised Code of
Mississippi for deceptive business practices concerning both his
corporation's knowledge of the inherent danger of the mesh implants as
well as the document destruction.
Indicating that Johnson & Johnson knew how harmful pelvic mesh implants
were, the company 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
See the letter to Attorney General Hood here: http://johnsonandjohnsonhurtswomen.org/request-for-investigation-delivered-to-mississippi-attorney-general-jim-hood/
Corporate Action Network was founded to address the imbalance of power
between corporations and people. Using the new tools of the Action
Network and a networked approach, Corporate Action Network is building
campaigns to end corporate abuse that are more effective and powerful
than have ever been possible. Connected through the network, campaigns
can then grow into a movement-and for the first time truly be able to
address the imbalance of power between corporate actors and the rest of
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