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J&J faces more litigation alleging injuries with Physiomesh

A group of people who claim to have been injured by hernia repair kits made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon USA LLC have asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to consolidate the 62 lawsuits pending against the company into a multicounty litigation, and assign them to Superior Court Judge Rachelle Lea Harrz in Bergen County. Several hundred similar cases are expected to be filed. Those suing Ethicon allege the company designed, manufactured, marketed and sold defective hernia mesh, including Proceed Surgical Mesh, Proceed Ventrical Patch, Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh, Prolene 3D Patch Polypropylene Mesh, and Prolene Hernia System. ... Read More

More lawsuits claim injuries with Ethicon’s Physiomesh

In June 2017, 18 lawsuits alleging serious injuries from Ethicon’s Physiomesh used for hernia repair were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta. Since then through mid-August, the number has grown to 92, and the MDL is expected to continue to grow as more people learn about the serious risks of Physiomesh. Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Ethicon Inc. obtained Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh in April 2010. Since then, the agency has received hundreds of adverse event reports. Reported complications include hernia recurrence, mesh migration, fistulas, mesh ... Read More

Patient Claims Physiomesh Multi-layer Design to Blame for Injury

A recent lawsuit filed against Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, claims its Physiomesh hernia repair mesh is to blame for a patient’s injury and perpetual pain. Amy Flood, a Texas resident, filed a lawsuit over the injury allegedly caused by the multi-layered design of Physiomesh, the very aspect of the device that, according to marketing promotions, sets the product apart from other hernia mesh devices available on the market at the time. On Oct. 14, 2015, Flood underwent a surgical procedure to repair an incisional hernia, and Physiomesh was the chosen device for treatment. After the surgery, Flood ... Read More

Oregon Woman Blames Physiomesh for Her Injuries

An Oregon woman has filed a lawsuit against the makers of her Physiomesh hernia repair mesh, blaming the product for her injuries. According to the lawsuit, on Sept. 3, 2015, Melinda Rall underwent surgery to repair a recurrent incisional hernia at the OSV Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. A hernia repair mesh called Physiomesh was used, made by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Immediately following the surgery, Rall says she began to experience an unusual amount of severe pain as well as bleeding. The next day, Rall underwent an additional procedure to help reduce the swelling and put a ... Read More

FDA website filled with reports of Physiomesh complications

Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has been facing a growing number of complaints about its Physiomesh product, a mesh device used to repair hernias. However, reports on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website indicate the public isn’t hearing the whole story. The FDA’s website is riddled with complaint after complaint about Physiomesh failing, allegedly causing infection or injury: 11/30/2011: “Patient had mesh implanted. Patient returned to surgery 13 days later because mesh was infected” 10/30/2012: “Patient returned to surgery. Mesh was noted to be pulled from suture line. Mesh had been in place for approximately 1 week. Mesh ... Read More

Physiomesh Found to be Shredded Inside Woman’s Abdomen

A new lawsuit against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson was filed after a woman’s Physiomesh shredded inside her body. Jo Ann Lax of Lafe, Arkansas underwent a laparoscopic surgery to repair an umbilical hernia on Oct. 27, 2014. The surgeon, Dr. Robert Warner Jr., implanted Lax with Physiomesh 15×15 cm. in size. The mesh was designed to reinforce the tissue affected by the hernia, to allow Lax to return to life as normal. When Lax began experiencing pain at the hernia site, it was determined that the hernia mesh must have failed. On May 28, 2015, Lax underwent an additional surgery to have ... Read More

Arkansas Woman Alleges Physiomesh Severely Injured Her

An Arkansas woman who alleges Physiomesh is responsible for her severe injuries has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer in a case that is now part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Georgia. Jennifer Stone was implanted with a Physiomesh hernia repair mesh on June 29, 2011, for the repair of a ventral hernia. The mesh device, made polypropylene with four additional layers, is designed to bridge the gap of a hernia with the intention of allowing it to heal. Later, Stone says she had no choice but to undergo invasive medical treatments from the complications ... Read More

More than 800 Physiomesh Incidents Reported to FDA

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, there are more than 800 negatively reported incidents associated with Physiomesh, including injuries and death. The FDA’s MAUDE reporting system allows doctors and hospitals to submit adverse event reports regarding various medical devices and products. Physiomesh yielded 839 results from 2010 to present, most of which reported incidents that resulted in injuries, and many of which resulted in deaths. The number of adverse incident reports have increased significantly every two years. From 2010-2012, only 95 incidents were reported. From 2012-2014, 293 incidents were reported. From 2014-present, 451 incidents were reported. ... Read More

Georgia Woman blames Physiomesh for Husband’s Death

A Georgia woman has filed a lawsuit against the makers of her husband’s Physiomesh, blaming the hernia mesh device for his death. Kathy Edwards, the widow of William Stanley Edwards, is suing Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, over its hernia mesh repair device that allegedly led to her husband’s death. On June 26, 2015, Mr. Edwards underwent surgery to repair an incarcerated ventral hernia at Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus in Brunswick, Georgia. Physiomesh was used to bridge the hernia in an attempt to repair it. On July 9, 2015, Mr. Edwards returned to the hospital complaining of severe ... Read More

Rapid Growth in Physiomesh MDL

The Physiomesh multidistrict litigation (MDL) has experienced rapid growth in the last month, according to the Judicial Panel on MDL report released on July 17. According to the report, at least 84 lawsuit actions are pending against Physiomesh, 14 of which were added just since June, when 70 actions were pending. In March, there were only 18. Lawsuits state that Physiomesh “is not used in any other hernia repair product sold in the United States” due to it’s unique five-layer design. “The mesh product is composed of a nonabsorbable, macroporous polypropylene mesh laminated between two undyed polyglecaprone-25 films,” the 510(k) approval summary states. “An ... Read More