June 6, 2012 – Johnson and Johnson has announced that its Ethicon unit will end sales of most of its vaginal mesh implants which are the subject of hundreds of lawsuits claiming the implants are defective and dangerous. It is expected that it will take several months for the products to come off the market and the company has asked the FDA for 120 days to end sales. In addition, Johnson and Johnson says Ethicon will also discontinue or revise, as appropriate, all marketing materials during this time. These marketing materials form the basis of claims that patients and physicians were not appropriately warned of the risks of vaginal mesh implants. Ethicons agreement to change or stop using the marketing materials is an important victory for the lawyers and clients pushing for changes in how these implants are made and sold.