Johnson & Johnson is a multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer health care manufacturer with more than 250 subsidiary companies that sell products in more than 175 countries. The company generates tens of billions of dollars in sales each year. Despite its success, Johnson & Johnson is riddled with lawsuits involving safety concerns with many of its products. Here is a list of some of the company’s medical devices and surgical tools that have raised safety concerns in recent years.
DePuy Hip Replacement Systems
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics’ metal-on-metal hip implant was intended to be more durable than traditional artificial hips made of ceramic or plastic parts. Instead, the device was failing at a much higher than expected rate after corroding inside the body and leaching poisonous metal ions into the bloodstream. The company recalled the devices in 2010, which resulted in worldwide scrutiny over DePuy’s all-metal implant as well as other metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon is one of several manufacturers of surgical mesh that was used to treat conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The devices have been linked to serious health complications including erosion and protrusion of the device into tissue and organs, causing damage, chronic pain, infections, incontinence and disability.
Last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that power morcellators – surgical devices used to perform laparoscopic hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removals – were linked to the spread of previously undiagnosed uterine cancer, known as uterine sarcoma. As one of a handful of manufacturers of the surgical tool, Johnson & Johnson announced it was discontinuing sales of its power morcellator. But the news came too late. The FBI is currently investigating the company, asking why it waited until 2014 to pull its power morcellator since it knew as early as 2006 that the devices could cause cancer spread.
Source: Righting Injustice