FDA Orders Safety Studies for Vaginal Implants Made By Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and C.R. Bard  
1/5/2012 8:04:35 AM

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and C.R. Bard Inc. (BCR) must study rates of organ damage and complications linked to vaginal mesh implants, U.S. regulators said, responding to patient advocates who say the devices have harmed women. The Food and Drug Administration wrote J&J, C.R. Bard and 31 other manufacturers, telling them to conduct three years of trials on safety and effectiveness, the agency’s William Maisel said yesterday in a telephone interview. An FDA report in July found a fivefold jump in deaths, injuries or malfunctions tied to the products.