Pharmaceutical

Woman sues hernia mesh manufacturer

surgery team for WEB Woman sues hernia mesh manufacturerA Pennsylvania woman is suing medical C.R. Bard its subsidiary Davol Inc., accusing the company of marketing defective hernia mesh that she alleges caused her serious injuries.

Caroline Ideluca filed her lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She says she underwent hernia surgery in 2003 during which she was implanted with Marlex Mesh, a product manufactured by C.R. Bard’s Davol Inc. She claims that because the device was defective, it caused injuries that required corrective surgeries.

Ideluca claims that C.R. Bard and Davol Inc., were negligent by failing to design the mesh and then failing to use proper materials in the design and manufacture of it to ensure that it wouldn’t contract or migrate to other organs. As a result, Ideluca is requesting a trial by jury.

In similar litigation, nearly 100 lawsuits have been consolidated in the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc., alleging the company’s hernia mesh, called Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh, causes serious complications. Those complications include hernia recurrence, mesh migration, fistulas, mesh shrinkage, mesh bunching, inflammatory response, and the need for surgery to remove the mesh and, in some cases, surrounding tissue damaged by the device. Many of the injuries allegedly linked to Ethicon’s hernia mesh are permanent and in some cases fatal.

Approximately 300,000 Physiomesh hernia repair kits were sold worldwide, nearly half of which are believed to have been sold in the U.S.

Source: Pennsylvania Record