Op-Ed – J&J Visits the White House for Women’s Summit!

//Op-Ed – J&J Visits the White House for Women’s Summit!

Op-Ed – J&J Visits the White House for Women’s Summit!

Tweet from J&J day at the White House

Tweet from J&J day at the White House

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, June 14, 2016 ~ Johnson & Johnson (J&J) strives to live up to its creed everyday. The following is an Op-Ed by the editor of MND who has sat in a number of trials watching the company in its support of women.logo  

The J&J Credo is that its first responsibility is to “the doctors, nurses and patients, to mothers and fathers and all others who use our products and services.”...It goes on,” We are responsible to the  communities in which we live and work and to the world community as well. We must be good citizens- support good works and charities and bear our fair share of taxes…” Read more here.

“At Johnson & Johnson, we believe family comes first…….”

It is with this pile of hollow, hurtful words that Johnson and Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky joined President  Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House today for the first United States of Women Summit.  j7j family day at the white house

Topics included economic empowerment, gender equality, health and wellness and educational opportunities for women.

I think of the women injured by mesh.  Empowered? No, stripped of their humanity would be more accurate. Economically, many have lost their homes, the homes they worked for. Educational opportunities? Most mesh injured women can hardly hold jobs must less pursue an education. Gender equality?  Both men and women are adversely affected by polypropylene mesh made by J&J.

Linda Gross in NJ trial, Feb 2013

Linda Gross in NJ trial, Feb 2013, Implanted with Prolift

Health and wellness? The pages of Mesh News Desk and the thousands of women online are a testament to the attack on their health by an untested experimental medical device. The fact that the company has more pelvic mesh product liability lawsuits than any other is a testament to its credo.  The fact that it continues to pay deep pocketed law firms thousands of dollars an hour to fight injured women and families in court is another testament to the humanity of this company and its credo.

“…we believe families come first” 

J&J Shareholders meeting protest 2014

J&J Shareholders meeting protest 2014

J&J is the same company that rushed the Prolift to market without any notification to the FDA.  It didn’t think it had to. Polypropylene suture was already approved and the Prolift was just a lot of suture threads, right?   J&J is the same company that failed to re-issue its Instructions for Use when one of its own scientists said the warnings were insufficient.  The pamphlet had already come back from the printer, we’ll get it next time, the company said.

J&J conveniently destroyed hundreds of thousands of pages of documents pertaining to mesh litigation even when there was a hold on those documents. Sweep clean any executive hard drives when they got reassigned, as they often did.

J&J is the same company behind one of the power morcellators that grind and spread an aggressive form of uterine cancer and body powder that’s now the focus of litigation by women with cancers or the family members they left behind. Washington State and California just launched a probe into fraudulent marketing by J&J of its pelvic mesh products.

Protest in Charleston WV fed court

Protest in Charleston WV fed court

The public relations division of J&J can gloss over those facts during a Woman’s summit but to state J&J has “an extensive history of supporting women and mothers worldwide...” is almost more than anyone can take.  Think of the children who no longer have mothers who can care for them or grandmothers who can pick them up.  Here is the agenda.

When J&J and its Ethicon division finally agrees to settle outstanding mesh cases, about 50,000 at last count in the U.S. alone, with a lifetime of care, that will be one important way to address the State of Women who had no choice in the use of its pelvic mesh products. #





By | 2016-06-14T16:39:07+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Op-Ed|22 Comments

About the Author:

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.


  1. Tina June 14, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    I guess there’s no version of a “hypocratic oath” that applies to these money grubbing manufacturers of dangerous and deadly products used in the medical profession, only the “golden rule”…the one with the most gold wins !! What happened to the moral values of the families who originally started up these companies? Would they do this to their mother’s, daughters, sisters, etc?? Apparently they would !! We’re all human beings and ultimately related to one another!! SHAME on all of you!!

  2. Kitty June 14, 2016 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Does J and J donate mon ey to republican party? Does Trump take money from J and J?

    • Johnny June 14, 2016 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      No he hasn’t. Point of the matter is they control government

    • Deb June 14, 2016 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      I don’t know if Trump does, but H.R. Clinton DOES

  3. Johnny June 14, 2016 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Big pharmaceutical companies run America along with other big companies. Why would big pharmaceutical companies give money to both hilary clinton and jeb bush. Trying to cover both sides of the fence. Why did they give lots of money to bill clinton who also made it easier for those pharmaceutical companies to put products on the market. Bill Clinton also appointed judge joseph goodwin. Im not acusing anyone but it does raise questions with me. But with all that said. You women deserve to be heard. My mother cant even pick up her grandchildren and cant work anymore. What is the price of a human life? Only Johnson and Johnson can explain that. Truly saddens me. My mother cant even play with her grandchildren.

    • Deb June 14, 2016 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you for the wonderful world. Yes the Clinton clan are owned be big brother….. it’s so sad

      • Jane Akre June 15, 2016 at 7:56 am - Reply

        Corporations have no political party.

        • Johnny June 15, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

          No they sure dont. They cover themselves on both sides of the fence. They line pockets and get their backs scratched when they need it. Not that i hate big business. But i do hate corruption. And there seems to be alot of that with big business.

  4. Lordhelpus June 15, 2016 at 2:16 am - Reply

    Every time I see a product out there with their name on it I cringe.

  5. Getting Angrier June 15, 2016 at 8:32 am - Reply

    I am appalled by what I am seeing. I and like many other women have more than one settlement pending with bladder sling manufacturers. We have not received not one cent. I am being told by my attorney that my AMS claim is on hold until they release more funding. If I owe a creditor, I must pay the bill or there will be consequences–What’s the difference in these case?–big businesses? Are they exempt? I would say not?

  6. Mary Pat June 15, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Everyone needs to call and write Obama to voice disapproval. Shame on him but more shame on Michelle. If they truly cared about women they would know what J&J has done to harm so many women. Outrageous. Heartbreaking.

    • Jane Akre June 15, 2016 at 11:25 am - Reply

      Also note who was in attendance, Amy Poehler among them….. I’m sure they have no idea whats going on. Find the names in the news release.

  7. dan June 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    I’m wondering if there is any legal action being taken for the hernia mesh causing cancer, diverticulosis , IC in the bladder?

    • Jane Akre June 16, 2016 at 8:12 am - Reply

      I keep asking lawyers if they will take some of these cases. There are SO Many!!!! Bruce may know 954-701-5094. Dan bolton is taking Atrium cases but only from California, last I checked.

  8. K. Doro June 16, 2016 at 9:24 am - Reply

    OMG guys do you think Obama or
    Bush or any one cares. Relax—go to a garage sale==pick up a fancy cocktail glass. Get some Jameson Whiskey,
    some bitters, a fresh lemon and orange–some cherries with stems. Put a
    lump of sugar in and muddle the booze. put in your slice of lemon and
    orange and cherries. Sp[ash in some
    Seltzer DO NOT use artificial
    sweetners- and sit and RELAX. Go to Pelvic Floor ASAP.

    • Johnny June 16, 2016 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      What is the website for this pelvic floor

      • Still Standing June 19, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply

        Im thinking she meant go to pelvic floor physical therapy. Not sure,mthough

  9. K. Doro June 16, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Also….Lets not forget the pain of our
    sisters who have past—especially Ella Fitzgerald “Summertime” “Unforgettable”
    Dinah Washington “Broken Hearted Melody”—–Sarah Vaughn and
    “Donna Summer” Ella Fitzgerald–
    “We will survive!”
    People everywhere “Pray for Us”

  10. Samuel June 17, 2016 at 10:28 am - Reply

    J&J, Its CEO and Board of directors and heartless people. People who lie, deceive and mislead the courts. We need the system to be on the side of women who got hurt not the filthy rich and greedy corporations.

  11. toni June 22, 2016 at 11:42 am - Reply

    It truly sickens me as if this mesh isn’t enough as I sit in my bed in horrendous pain that the White House and our president allows these companies Johnson and Johnson being just one but the leader in the industry go in and talk about womens health when they of all people have done so much harm. We need to do a march on the white house like the million man march. But with us women our family and friends who have seen the devastation. I bet we would get some press then. I bet also that Hilary and Donald would be all over it if it was big news and a huge march on the white house seems the only way we may ever be heard the Million woman march. Our story needs to be front page news all over this country or we will never see justice. Just a already proven fact. I think being at WV is a good idea but why couldn’t we take it a huge step further. Not state or local but right on the steps of our country’s capitol.

  12. Linda June 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I wrote to Obama and Michelle two years ago. IGNORED

  13. Kitty June 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    We need to go to DC in mass. This had been brought up for a few years. We would need hundreds to commit. AUGS is in that area as well

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