A panel of Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advisers are meeting to determine whether vaginal mesh is safe and effective. The Johnson & Johnson product is used to support weakened muscles—holding pelvic organs in place.
To date, about 500 suits have been filed against J&J. Plaintiffs claim the mesh causes excruciating pain that is comparable to or worse than childbirth. The product has been used for three decades, primarily to treat hernias, but only recently has its use been expanded to treat pelvic muscle weakness.