Australian women have brought a class-action case against Johnson & Johnson over complications arising from vaginal mesh implants - a lawsuit that follows many others in the United States, Canada and Europe. Laura Frykberg reports.
At a court in Australia... These women are taking action against a pharmaceutical giant. A Johnson and Johnson implant supposed to treat pelvic floor damage after child birth.. They say - has been more harm than help. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLAIMANT, JOANNE MANINON SAYING: "For me mainly, it's been the pain, ongoing pain. I had my mesh removed overseas so I've been through a lot of trauma and recovery is just been probably even harder since I've had the mesh removed." (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLAIMANT, GAI THOMPSON SAYING: "No amount of compensation, money, could ever replace what we've lost, with our lives, with our families, our health, our emotional health, our physical health." The case is one of Australia's largest ever product liability class actions... With more than 700 women taking part. They join hundreds of thousands of others battling similar cases... in the U.S. Canada and Europe. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLASS ACTION LAWYER, SHINE LAWYERS, REBECCA JANCAUSKAS SAYING: "The consequences suffered by these women have been horrific and so many have suffered in silence for years. Today is their chance to be heard, and to seek justice for what they've lost. This is about accountability and ensuring that this never happens again." Johnson and Johnson says it's only aware of 200 complaints in Australia. But it still has plenty of challenges ahead. An Australian parliamentary committee is holding an inquiry into the implants... It's expected to report the findings later this year.