Mesh Survivors Call on Texas AG for Full Accountability

Perhaps more than any other product in history, vaginal mesh implants demonstrate the real harm that can occur when corporate greed and lax regulatory oversight combine. The early iterations of this device date back to the “womb supporters” of the 1800s and were known for the pain they caused and the difficulty doctors had in removing them. They were even featured in First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s 1933 exhibit “America’s Chamber of Horrors.” 

Like their predecessors, the modern versions of these devices, which are implanted through incisions in the vagina, were designed to help treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The implants underwent a boom in popularity as they became available in kit form in the early 2000s. However, the devices often cause pain, bleeding and infection, and can erode or harden. Making matters worse, they are extremely difficult to remove, despite manufacturers’ claims otherwise. 

It took the civil justice system to stop Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest manufacturers of mesh, from selling this horrific product. Facing thousands of lawsuits from injured patients, Johnson & Johnson removed Prolift from the market 2012. Unfortunately, other brands and types of mesh remain on the market.

Now a group of pelvic mesh survivors is asking Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to step in and take action against Johnson & Johnson.

In its letter to the attorney general, the coalition said it was seeking action by his office because the AG has the “sole authority to conduct a comprehensive and thorough investigation” into whether Johnson & Johnson violated Texas’ consumer protection laws.


The Texas attorney general’s office has requested a vast amount of information on surgical mesh devices from Johnson & Johnson through a civil investigation demand sent to the company — a document obtained by The Texas Tribune through an open records request.

For more information on the history of vaginal mesh and other dangerous product that have been marketed to women, be sure to read AAJ’s report Unequal Harm: The Disproportionate Damage To Women From Dangerous Drugs And Medical Devices