State to Receive $4.4M in Johnson & Johnson Settlement
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana is one of 41 states and the District of Columbia that reached a settlement with Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) over the marketing of its transvaginal surgical mesh devices.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says Indiana will receive nearly $4..4 million of the nearly $117 million multistate settlement.
The states sued Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon Inc. for what Hill called deceptive marketing of the mesh device.
Transvaginal surgical mesh is a synthetic material that is surgically implanted through the vagina to support the pelvic organs of women who suffer from stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, according to the AG’s officre.
Hill says an investigation by the group of attorneys general found the companies violated state consumer protection laws by misrepresenting the safety and effectiveness of the device. Hill says Johnson & Johnson also failed to sufficiently disclose risks associated with their use.
In addition to the $117 million penalty, Hills says the settlement also provides injunctive relief, requiring full disclosure of the device’s risks and accurate information on promotional material, in addition to the product’s “information for use” package inserts.