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Mesh makers agree £100m payout in US

© Jane Barlow/PA WireFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Medical giant Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a £100 million settlement in the US for failing to warn patients that mesh implants could ruin their lives.

However, the firm refuses to admit wrongdoing, despite settling the claim from 41 US states that they violated consumer rights by failing to warn officials of all the risks of their products.

Around 25,000 women have made claims against J&J firm Ethicon, alleging that their mesh implants hardened on to vital organs, causing chronic pain and recurrent infections.

Despite limited clinical trials, the US Food and Drug Administration has come under criticism for approving the use of mesh implants to treat bladder problems and pelvic organ prolapse after childbirth.

More than £10 billion has already been paid in the US to mesh victims, and Scotland faces the biggest civil action to date with around 600 women making claims in the Court of Session.

Many lives have been ruined by mesh as surgeons struggle to remove the implants in full.

A world-leading US-based surgeon wanted to come to Scotland to treat women and train surgeons in mesh removal but Dr Dionysios Veronikis withdrew his offer after accusing officials and Scots surgeons of wasting his time.

Scotland became the first country in the world to suspend the use of mesh implants in 2014 and Nicola Sturgeon has agreed to meet mesh-damaged women for the first time next month.