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The first day of a class action against medical services giant Johnson & Johnson has heard a pelvic mesh device made by the company has caused immense pain and suffering for hundreds of women who received the implant.

The suit, brought by more than 700 patients, alleges Johnson & Johnson marketed the device to treat post-childbirth incontinence and organ prolapse but failed to adequately inform patients of the health risks associated with it. Plaintiffs claim company doctors knew the mesh could decay inside a patient’s body, causing debilitating pain and affecting quality of life.

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Alex McKinnon, The Saturday Paper