Case Analysis : Johnson And Johnson

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Recently Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Company have been battling law suits stemming from the sale of their transvaginal mesh. This mesh offers relief to females suffering from pelvic organ prolapse, which constitutes a number of undesirable symptoms within the bowel region. Washington and California are the two states claiming damages against Johnson & Johnson and claim the Pharmaceutical Company misrepresented the risks associated with this device. Some patients have experienced irreversible complications associated with urinary dysfunction, loss of sexual function, constipation, and severe pain. When looking at this ethical question through a utilitarian perspective I found some interesting point of view. Utilitarianism looks to…show more content…
Costs to society using this approach can be linked to possibility of high risk complications creating sickness, unhappiness, and irreversible life changes. Loss of trust and respect for J&J will also cost society and possibly the workers making the product if they are to be laid off. Another option could be J&J doesn’t lie and presents all risks associated with the product. The benefits would be similar in the way of helping women from symptoms corresponding with pelvic prolapse. J&J would not loss trust and goodwill amongst its consumer base. The costs would change because with this product being such a high risk option, less women would even try it. Also the surgical procedure is more costly to patients making the expense to fix the symptoms associated with the outlined condition rise. J&J could also not make the transvaginal mesh until they can improve the design and effectiveness of the product. This benefit to society would be high due to the potential relief the product brings and the lower risk of the improved product. The cost would be higher after time and money is being spent on development of the good. Although more hours and possibly more hiring’s would also provide more utility to society. Another cost could be associated with the loss of opportunity cost when choosing to improve this product over another possible innovation. Looking at all 3 options the most utility comes from option 3, improving the design and effectiveness
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