A Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, couple is suing Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon Inc., claiming injuries related to a defective hernia mesh product.
Robert Mead and Patricia Mead filed a lawsuit on May 8 against the medical device manufacturing giant alleging the company produced a defective product for hernia treatment that has resulted in chronic pain, the Pennsylvania Record reports.
The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, states that Robert Mead, who received Ethicon’s composite mesh for hernia treatment, has experienced serious physical injuries caused by the hernia mesh. Robert and Patricia want J&J and Ethicon to be held accountable for what they claim is the companies’ failure to warn of potential painful side effects of the mesh product.
Robert and Patricia have requested a trial by jury, and are seeking an undisclosed amount for compensatory damages, interest, restitution and disgorgement of profits, court costs, economic damages, and punitive damages.
Many patients who have received Ethicon’s hernia mesh repair product Physiomesh have complained of device failure that requires revision surgeries, as well as chronic pain including descriptions of stabbing sensations. Some patients have experienced the device stretching, and one recent lawsuit filed by an Illinois resident, Gary Goodson, complained the mesh didn’t allow adequate escape of fluids, which increases his probability for infection.
“The multi-layer coating was represented and promoted by the Defendants to prevent or minimize adhesion and inflammation and to facilitate incorporation of the mesh into the body, but it did not,” Goodson’s lawsuit states. “Instead the multi-layer coating prevented adequate incorporation of the mesh into the body and caused or contributed to an intense inflammatory and chronic foreign body response resulting in an adverse tissue reaction … and improper healing.”