Corporate Action Network and Illinois women who have been seriously
injured by pelvic mesh implants asked Illinois Attorney General Lisa
Madigan to investigate Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) for its dangerous pelvic
mesh implants, citing their personal health problems and costs incurred
by Illinois taxpayers.
"We ask that Attorney General Madigan investigate Johnson & Johnson and
its CEO Alex Gorsky for selling dangerous products to women throughout
Illinois. 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 Illinois, 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," 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
More than 70,000 separate lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers
of pelvic mesh implants. Local survivors in Illinois signed onto today's
request for an investigation.
"It is confounding that this product remains on the market despite
empirical evidence that it is dangerous and carries such a high risk of
omplications," stated mesh survivor Paige LeFevre Mitts of Illinois.
"As one of the early mesh victims, I thought my severe complications
were an anomaly when my mesh was implanted in 2005 and explanted seven
months later. Instead, I learned that my complications were not rare,
and nine years later women are continuing to suffer from this at an
inexcusably high incidence rate."
The women cite in the letter that Johnson and Johnson and its CEO Alex
Gorsky may be in violation of 815 ILCS 510 the Uniform Deceptive Trade
Practices Act for Illinois 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 Madigan here: http://johnsonandjohnsonhurtswomen.org/request-for-investigation-delivered-to-illinois-attorney-general-lisa-madigan/
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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