On Tuesday, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon announced they will stop selling vaginal mesh implants. Multiple patients have sued Ethicon and several other device makers claiming the implants cause serious complications, including bleeding and infections.
Hundreds of vaginal mesh lawsuits are pending against Ethicon, reports Reuters.
Doctors use vaginal mesh implants to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP). POP occurs when the tissue holding the pelvic organs in place becomes weakened or stretched and bulges into the vagina.
In January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent letters to 35 manufacturers of surgical mesh implants, ordering new safety studies.