Judy's J&J Campaign

//Judy's J&J Campaign

Judy's J&J Campaign

J&J logoThe following campaign is initiated by “Judy” a mesh injured woman who is involved in litigation and cannot be identified. She has researched all of the products made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and there are many. Here are her words:
Mesh Injured Friends ~

As many of you know Johnson & Johnson is the parent company of Ethicon, one of the worst offenders and producers of toxic pelvic mesh products and now named in thousands of lawsuits.  You may be aware that most of the key producers who now face massive litigation are allegedly to have a collective conference to discuss their position and options. (Ref. Bloomberg News)

Johnson & Johnson has said it will try each case on its own merits and has declined to participate in any settlement process. Instead the company is conducting an investigation into all claimants filings and the legitimacy of patient claims where their product was used, any statute violation, anything they can find to allow them to legally dismiss a claim.

It would appear that Johnson & Johnson not only produced and distributed these mesh products even long after there was significant evidence of their very serious defects, but now refuses to participate in a civil participatory effort to find a tenable position with regard to compensation for victims and an equitable closure of this matter under the guidance of court appointed facilitators.

Johnson and Johnson is responsible for the suffering and permanent damage to thousands of people.  We encourage you to let them know what you think of this conduct by refusing to purchase their products.  Listed here (JNJ Products Personal Care) are just some of their products, most are things you would find any day on the shelves of your local drug store or supermarket.  Please make a political choice that reflects your outrage at their conduct and disregard for humanity.

Thank you~

By | 2013-10-08T21:24:27+00:00 October 8th, 2013|Your Turn|10 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. Jane Akre October 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Another woman adds a list of J&J products. It is quite extensive:

    Subsidiary holdings

    Johnson & Johnson is a highly diversified company with at least 230 subsidiaries, which it refers to as the “Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.” Some of these subsidiaries include as follows:

    ALZA Corporation

    ANIMAS Corporation

    BabyCenter, L.L.C.

    Biosense Webster, Inc.

    Centocor Ortho Biotech, Inc.

    Children With Diabetes, Inc.


    Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.

    Cordis Corporation

    Crucell nv

    DePuy, Inc.

    Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.

    Ethicon, Inc.

    Global Pharmaceutical Supply Group (GPSG)



    Independence Technology, LLC

    Information Technology Services

    Janssen Pharmaceutica

    Janssen Pharmaceutica Products, L.P.

    Johnson & Johnson, Group of Consumer Companies, Inc.

    Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc.

    Johnson & Johnson – Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Co.

    Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.

    Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Services, L.L.C.

    LifeScan, Inc.

    McNeil Consumer Healthcare

    McNeil Nutritionals

    Noramco, Inc.


    Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. OCD

    Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical

    Ortho-Neutrogena (a merge of Neutrogena and Ortho Dermatological)

    Personal Products Company


    Pharmaceutical Group Strategic Marketing (PGSM)

    Peninsula Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    PriCara, Inc.

    Scios Inc.

    Tasmanian Alkaloids

    Therakos, Inc.


    Transform Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    Veridex, LLC


    Consumer brands



















    Clean & Clear


    Coach Professional

    Coach Sport















    Healthy Woman


    Johnson’s Baby

    Johnson & Johnson Red Cross














    Motrin Children
















    Pepcid AC














    Shower to Shower

    Simply Sleep









    Tucks Pads


    Tylenol Baby

    Tylenol Children





  2. George October 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Thanks Jane – now I can better understand how the medical device/pharmaceutical companies can be auguring for a medical device tax break during this time of malfunction in DC. Lots of corporate cash to spread influence. G

  3. Bejah Notrettu November 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    I see not one comment on this interesting list. I actually made a short list of things I buy and put it in my handbag and wil never buy those things again including a certain hand and body lotion and mouthwash. I think it is shameful that people in this community have not commented on this at all. It confirms my suspicions, which have been building for a month or so that this community has no interest in organizing, no willingness to anything but whine and complain about their own situation and wait for their big check to come. I am so disappointed and will not be participating much in the future. What is the point. It makes me very sad. I would expect a cruel retort or two but no one ever looks at this corner of this site anyway. It is business as usual in America and the corporations know this population so well, such good consumers, so passive, instead of voting they go shopping. They should all be sent to live in the West Bank or Lebanon to learn what life and struggle is really about.

    • stopmeshimplants November 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      I am sorry you feel this way. I think it is important that we recognize this mesh crisis has created multipole grief/loss issues for all of us. We have lost some of our physical and mental health. Some have lost their families, family members, jobs, homes and other major support systems. People experience loss in different stages. Some of us have just begun to understand what this mesh is and what it has done to our bodies. We are in shock. Some of us cannot believe our physicians would do this to us and implant us with something that should have never been put in our bodies. We are in denial and cannot believe this is happening. Some women are angry and cannot stop screaming and crying about the pain they experience every single day. We are all going through different stages of grief in our own way. That does not mean we are not advocating or are not trying in our own way to make people understand about this mesh crisis. I do believe we are wounded and we are trying to accept the facts of what these products have done to our lives. I applaud you in your efforts to start this campaign. I want you to know even though I haven’t written about it I am making a conscious effort to stay away from all of those products. I also sympathize with all of the women who are just stuck and cannot move past the harm this mesh has done. We need to support everyone wherever they are in their grief.

  4. Betty November 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply


    You do have a point. It is so hard to organize when you’ve been so damaged and just getting to a Dr. takes a major toll. This list is about J & J. But if you think about it, there are very few products on the market that aren’t made by one of the big pharmaceuticals. Another sad fact is that I know of at least five women who are injured and their voices aren’t being heard because that are at a standstill and are afraid of doing anything. One Dr. actually used thigh meat to cover over a second vaginal erosion. As we all know when this starts, it doesn’t stop. I do not think we are as passive as you might think. I think it is more that we are unsure of how to proceed. Jane’s site is very informative and I am very thankful for the information she is putting out. Hopefully other women will see this column and decide not to have ANY MESH put into them. I’ve heard from many a Dr. who says “the new ones aren’t going into the obturator, they’re not the same”. I have seen various Dr.’s on this site come to different conclusions about what the real problem is. My thinking is that there is no definitive proof in any direction. Mesh is now known to shrink. Does that change with the size of the product? I think not. Mesh is now also being suspected of causing immune disorders although the medical community isn’t keeping up with the facts. I believe it does cause immune disorders. I also know, from personal experience that it doesn’t stay in place and has the ability to move or “migrate”. I have been mutilated by this product. This week I gave my pharmacist a copy of the 2008 and 2011 FDA warnings. I also printed out Jane’s front page on this site. I went into detail in explaining to her the different problems with mesh. She was very attentive. I have also educated my primary care physician. She has expressed her gratitude of how much she has learned. She discourages all the women she sees from having an implant of any kind. She now knows other women who are injured. It is very sad. Jane has stated that there are now about 60,000 thousand cases in federal court. This hurting population is really small in comparison with the population of the US, which in the 2012 census was about 6.5 billion. I agree that we live in a spoiled country. It is apathetic and integrity is not high on our priority list. There are many women who are educating there communities where they live. That is a grass roots movement. We need someone who can really help just know what step to take next after the initial shock of injury. To expect a wounded population who is so scared out of their wits to become activists is unrealistic. We someone who will step up and tell the truth. There are some who have –

  5. Betty November 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Sorry, I hit the wrong button.

    There are some who have – we have seen them portrayed on this site. Unfortunately, at this time money talks. It buys out. And yes there are some who are not responding because of lawsuits. If they do respond they are risking losing out on whatever help they could get for a better future. I personally will not sign any gag-order. It grates on me as much as it does you that we have been treated so poorly by our medical/governmental system. I have written to every news station telling them of the issues. So have many others. They are unheeded. Boycotting isn’t going to cut it unfortunately. We need a BIG GUN. I am hoping that losing many expensive lawsuits will go aways towards getting results. Make no mistake, there is an avalanche coming. In the next 5-10 years the walking wounded will be multiplied, because we all know that it doesn’t always react immediatley. Many have future problems. Couple this with the fact that it still being used and it is a recipe for disaster. At least we know of one Dr. who will not put in anything he can’t take out. But even at that, there is no promise that no damage will be done. I also believe this is a society issue. We push being younger. Since when is incontinence a death sentence? Why are women willing to sign disclaimers that say they could be facing future surgeries, pain, erosion, etc.? We sign disclaimers all the time. There are always risks. I think we just don’t understand what they are really saying, until it is too late. Until integrity and a moral code of “DO NO HARM” come back. We are going to see much of the same.

    • Bejah Notrettu November 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      Betty, Thanks for your comments. I understand. I am just so angry, But there are always things we can do, even small things, We can make some of our own products. We can buy products from small companies that make pure quality products. We can brush our teeth with salt and soda like my mom did. We can plant vegetable gardens, some of us can raise chickens, we can support local small farms, things like this. We can STOP eating fast food, STOP drinking Coke which is so bad for us, we can cut down on suger, we can eat homemade food…use our crockpots, etc. It is not that hard. The other night I put a huge pork roast in my big black crockpot with vegtables and yams and when we woke in the morning there was the most wonderful fragrance in the house and the roast was perfectly cooked (on low all night). These are ways in which we can fight back. Then we will not need so many medicines, we will not need hospitals so much, etc. Why don;t we do this. Why don’t we stop shopping. Over 70% of this nations GDP is based on consumer spending, that is crazy economics, just asking for trouble. It cannot be sustained. And when they tell you in shopping (for things you probably often do not really need) you are supporting the American economy remember that they have their labor centers in foreign nations where the cost of labor is low and incentives offered by those foreign nations are high…the made in America/support American products is for the most part just a con, a manipulation. Do we really need cherry red washing machines? Do we really need to spend $20 Billion a year on Halloween costumes for our dogs? This is sick. And only we can fix it. And throughout history, the broken, disenfranchised, wounded, huddled masses have overthrown oppressive governments and I am increasingly concerned that big banking owns the Amrican government. I have good reason to believe that. So just because we are wounded does not mean we do not have the passion to create change, in fact the woundedness can be very motivating and give us a clearer vistion. What we must not do is accept the idea that we are powerless and unable to act. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  6. Bejah Notrettu November 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Dear People, I am so thankful to read your truly heartfelt comments and understand the logic of arguments presented. I feel hopeful again because of it.

    I have actually been in such a dark place because of all of this that I have experienced what is called suicide ideation (Just thinking about suicide rather philosopically if that makes any sense). When one is in that place there is no logic. One thing that keeps me from it…well two…my dogs and the fact that my employer who is also responsible for the evil surgery would disallow my rather generous death benefit if I commit suicide…pretty funny. How is that for black humor!

    I have a little hope again now, just enough to keep me going. I am one of those who lost their home (short sale) due to mortgage fraud I did not have the funds to defend against. I now know why I need money to defend against such crimminal activity where there are piles of incriminating evidence….because banks run the world. They always win. Now I know what “Too big to fail” really means.

    I am now directlng my rather dark energy into researching exactly what the chemical composition of these meshes is, what the history is, everything. I want to know what it does to us after it is removed. I know now that the blue filaments one woman saw in the toilet when she urinated were thread from sutures. I did not know that before.

    I am struggling to stay alive on many levels as are we all. But tell me please why…

    1. Is there no National organization of mesh damaged people, instead we seem to have little fifedoms here and there as if we lived in some kingdom in the Middle Ages (Dark Ages?).

    2. Tell me about the federal funding for research in this. Where is it? I seem to remember that U of No Carolina may be helping. I spoke to a senior manager at another organization….for sufferers of Vulvodynia…also diagnosed post surgery, also often seen with IC. As I recall she mentioned that U of NC has funding dollars for research for that. Maybe if we were more organized we could submit a formal proposal. Does anyone know how to write one?

    3. Why is there no crimminal prosecution possible for corporations? Could it be because they run the show so to speak?

    4. Why are there no community support groups where women get together in someones living room or church basement or school auditorium weekly to talk through the issues and plan. How had is that to do? I do not care if you come to my house in your pajamas, weaving from medications. Why can’t we do even this simple thing?

    5 Why are we shunned by main stream if not all media (except Jane… wonder what her Halloween costume was…Wonder Woman per chance?). We can go to left wing media…I can provide a list if anyone is willing to do something with it.

    6. I too often have little energy for anything meaningful, but it makes me feel better when I do something, anything. I make a commitment to myself that every day I must do something, even one thing for the cause and one thing for the house.

    7. Why don’t we create a mission statement that we can all print and sign and put on our refrigerator doors and read frequently.

    8. Often I feel so alone in this…I wonder if it really is such a small population…it is getting bigger. The defendants targeted baby boomers and women all over the world, especially in the “west”…that is a lot of people, at least hundreds of thousands and we are at the beginning of the aging of boomers.

    9. Don’t you think they will go to third world nations where there is allegedly less sophistication with a “cheaper” product and fewer constraints and openly corrupt governments…imagine the damage they could do to women there. They (corporations) are already doing this with genetically modified grains, etc. But you are right, this is going to be huge…and it extends far beyond this product.

    10. We cannot depend on the FDA, or other agencies of the Federal Government, and it does not matter who is President, or what party controls the House or Senate. Our only hope at this point is State governments that have the power (still) to stand against the Federal Government but who knows how long that will last. Apart from that I do feel hopeful that those managing the Bellwether trials, Judge Goodwin, for example, are ethical and respect the law and can enforce it. Also some of us have attorneys who are truly deeply committed to human rights and working hard behind the scenes to see that there is a just outcome. It is extremely difficult and tedious work and IMHO they earn every penney they will earn if my argument wins the day. We should support them.

    11. It would be helpful if we could get a mole to go to work for some of these companies and wire them (or am I watching too much TV?).

    I don’t know what else to say…I am so thankful to read these comments, still so sad but willing to be part of whatever collective effort we can cobble together to strengthen our community. I suggest that we look to the Intersistial Cystitis organization as a model as many of us have been diagnosed with that. I have talked to the Director several times and she is very approachable and I am sue she would be willing to help us put together an architecture of an organization. We will need someone to create a sophisticated professional website and we will need someone who perhaps has fundraising experience to bring in financial and moral support. We will need a spokesperson. We will need a newsletter. Interestingly, the Dir. of IC told me that there are very famous people who have IC but are too embarrased to speak out publically or lend their name to the organization. We need to find “famous” people who are not afraid Hollywood will drop them from their next film project if they admit they have this (Good grief). We need to call for help. We need a publicist to distribute materials. We have to ask all of those who have nice little organizations that have made great contributions to our cause to step aside, to fold themselves into a greater National or International organization for the common good to make us stronger. Can we do this? Do we have the will? Can we save ourselves? We cannot ask our attorneys to do everything while we sit in bed with tea and shortbread watching Animal Planet (me)! Please, as they say,,,,how can we get our people to “Join the conversation”?

    I have finally, thanks to Jane, talked to Dr. Christian Twiss who will be doing the extraction surgery for me. I am so happy to have found someone..and so relieved and so terrified.

    I cannot go to UCLA for reasons I am not at liberty to discuss. I will say this: Do not assume that all of the physicians there are excellent just because of Dr. Raz. Avoid Dr. Kim at all costs and one other, a resident in 2010, a young male and now assistant faculty. I cannot remember his name but would recognize it. He is a monster. Hopefully they cannot sue or arrest me for stating the truth or expressing my own opinion especially where there is compelling documented support.

    I think I have now started leaking a little. I will try to take it in stride. A day at a time. Thank you all for being out there somewhere.

    Finally, when I lost my home I thought the horror was over. It was not. Now I wonder if it ever will be. Thank you for the small sense of hope…but I wonder about those women who have no insurance, or those who have only Social Security to live on…here we are in the richest country in the world (or is it China now) and this is how we treat our own people. The heartbreak of that is enough to kill you. Sometimes I am astounded at the body and the spirit…their strength when little me would have perished long ago.

  7. All Meshed Up June 13, 2014 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    If any body remembers, Ethicon also makes HERNIA MESH! Hernia mesh affects men and women but is forgotten in the discussions about Gynecological mesh. We as Hernia Mesh victims are not included in the protests at the J&J conference. Every article about the ravages of mesh on the body tells the story about Gyno mesh but hernia mesh is rarely brought to the table anymore. I dare say there are more Hernia Mesh sufferers than there are Gynecological mesh victims yet we get little if any of the publicity.

    The Lawyers sure as heck are not doing much in the way of litigation for Hernia Mesh now that there is so much publicity about TVT etc. And Please remember this, the Hernia Mesh victims that did make it into an MDL were totally screwed over after years of waiting. I am seeing the same coming for many of these women who have put their hopes on these cases. Best of Luck…….

    • Jane Akre June 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      All Meshed Up…. we just finished a film trailer and very much put hernia mesh in it as the genesis of this mesh mess. I’m sorry the FDA didn’t come out with a warning on hernia mesh- and they are not pursuing SUI mesh either….I’m sorry for this outcome. Some lawyers are taking some cases for hernia but it is totally unfair- I agree with you,…..~ ja

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