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Hernia repair mesh leaves woman in chronic pain, financial distress

New Zealander Shereen Moloney was a decade from retirement and working down her mortgage in 2008 when she underwent surgery to have a hernia repaired. The surgery involved the implantation of a type of surgical mesh to repair her bulging intestines. But not long after surgery, she began experiencing a “burning” pain and loss of feeling in her abdomen. The pain got worse – crippling even. By 2009, she had no choice but to quit her well-paying job and undergo treatment and surgeries to manage her pain. Her family’s plan to pay off their mortgage was sabotaged because she had ... Read More

Canada’s Concerns Over Hernia Mesh Recalls Continue to Grow

Canada’s concerns over the number of hernia mesh recalls continue to grow. More and more patients have begun speaking out about their painful complications that have been linked to their hernia mesh, a surgical device designed to assist in repairing hernias. After CTV News aired a story about the health problems associated with hernia mesh, patients across the country contacted the news source with stories of their own experiences. One patient, Ivan Richardson, blames his hernia mesh for his constant, unexplained pain. “You couldn’t even touch me, I would cry, I mean literally cry and I went to the doctor and they ... Read More

Out-of-state claims argument quashed in mesh, talc litigation

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in January to take up two jurisdiction related appeals, Boston Scientific Corp. and Johnson and Johnson unit Ethicon Inc. both filed motions arguing that the results of these pending appeals could force out-of-state plaintiffs out of the Philadelphia County pelvic mesh mass tort program. This consolidated litigation has been handling allegations of injuries caused by defective pelvic mesh products since February 2014, and Ethicon has had to pay damages of $26 million after losing two trials. Ethicon hoped to stay 106 cases by out-of-state plaintiffs, mentioned in its motion, and BSC, six. ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson agrees to compensate women injured by transvaginal mesh

According to Bloomberg Business, Johnson and Johnson has agreed to pay more than $120 million to resolve 2,000 to 3,000 suits in the transvaginal mesh (TVM) litigation against its Ethicon unit, its first big move to settle. Since 2011, when the the litigation in these cases began, some hundred thousand women have alleged they suffered organ damage and have been left in constant pain when surgical mesh implants designed to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) eroded in their bodies. Johnson and Johnson faces another 42,400 suits after these settlements, the largest number of suits in the multidistrict litigations (MDLs) against more ... Read More

Ethicon’s Transvaginal mesh tape next to trial in Philadelphia mass tort

Philadelphia’s mass tort program, trying nearly 180 cases against Johnson and Johnson unit Ethicon Inc. over alleged injuries caused by the unit’s transvaginal mesh, is moving right along. In December a verdict was reached in the first case to go before a jury, finding the company responsible for both negligence in design of the Prolift pelvic mesh product as well as for having failed to adequately warn doctors of the products risks. The plaintiff was awarded $5.5 million in compensation and $7 million in punitive damages. This week a second trial against Ethicon got underway. According to her attorney, Plaintiff Sharon Carlino ... Read More

District judge consolidates 26 transvaginal mesh lawsuits against Ethicon

Twenty-six lawsuits in a massive multidistrict against Johnson & Johnson unit Ethicon, Inc., alleging the company sold defectively designed transvaginal mesh resulting in serious injuries will be consolidated and go to trial, a West Virginia federal judge ruled. The lawsuits are among about 23,000 filed against Ethicon over transvaginal mesh that will likely go to trial in November. The 26 all involve West Virginia plaintiffs who underwent procedures in the state to have Ethicon’s mesh implanted for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. Thus, all 26 lawsuits are subject to the state’s relevant laws. After the ... Read More

Report questions financial ties between FDA advisors and power morcellator makers

An advisor for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who sat on a panel in July to review serious safety concerns involving a surgical tool known as a power morcellator had received tens of thousands of dollars from manufacturers of the tools from 2009 to 2013, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal. Laparoscopic power morcellators are devices used to mince uterine growths or entire uteruses inside the body and remove them through a small incision in the abdomen. The tools have become favored by many doctors because they are less invasive, offer shorter recovery and leave less scarring ... Read More

Another transvaginal mesh trial is underway in West Virginia

Another trial is underway in Charleston, W.Va., alleging defectively designed transvaginal mesh products caused serious injuries. The federal lawsuit was filed by Jo Huskey and her husband Allen against Ethicon Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. Transvaginal mesh, also referred to as vaginal mesh or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have prolapsed out of place, putting pressure in the pelvic cavity and causing symptoms such as pain, discomfort and incontinence. The mesh has ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson company to pay $1.25 million to settle adulterating, misbranding claims

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reached a $1.25 million settlement against Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP), a division of Ethicon Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, and two of ASP’s executives over the manufacturing and distributing of adulterated and misbranded sterilization monitoring products. The civil money action against ASP requires the company to pay $1.2 million, company president Bernard J. Zovighian to pay $30,000, and company vice president of Quality and Regulatory Compliance Richard J. Alberti to pay $20,000. The action resolves allegations that ASP knew it did not have sufficient data to support the shelf life printed on ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh maker develops test to gauge device’s effectiveness

A questionnaire for patients who have received surgical mesh to repair a pelvic floor disorder known as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) has been shown to be a valid measurement tool for determining improvement in sexual function, according to research published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. The study hopes to shed positive light on a device being reviewed because of safety concerns by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). POP is a common condition that occurs when the pelvic organs drop, or prolapse, due to childbirth, age or obesity. The condition can cause urinary incontinence, discomfort and pain during sexual ... Read More