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Ethicon hit with $41 million verdict over defective transvaginal mesh claims

A woman who endured nine surgeries and nearly a dozen chemical cauterizations after her transvaginal mesh device eroded inside her body was awarded $41 million by a Philadelphia jury. Jurors found Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc., had negligently designed the mesh implant and never warned that the device could erode though the body’s soft tissue in the pelvis and cause permanent scarring, debilitating pain, and other problems, Law360 reported. Transvaginal mesh was designed to treat conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence. The mesh was implanted through the vagina. It was billed as a minimally ... Read More

Lawsuits claim hernia mesh is defectively designed

Atrium Medical Corp.’s C-QUR hernia mesh products are coated with a fish oil derivative similar to the Omega 3 nutritional supplement, intended to limit adverse effects, but the fish oil along with the defective design and manufacture of the device only worsen the hernia mesh side effects, according to hundreds of people suing the company. More than 335 people have filed lawsuits against Atrium in U.S. District Court in Concord. The lawsuits charge that Atrium hernia mesh caused an “unreasonable risk of severe adverse reactions.” The fish oil did not prevent adverse events from occurring, the lawsuits contend. It created ... Read More

J&J unit to pay $15M in latest transvaginal mesh case

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon was slapped with a $15 million verdict over claims that its Profit transvaginal mesh device was defectively designed and caused plaintiff Elizabeth Hrymoc to suffer disabling injuries. Hrymoc’s case is the second bellwether to go to trial in New Jersey. The first bellwether, tried in 2014, resulted in a $11 million verdict for the plaintiff. Hrymoc, 71, says she was implanted with Ethicon’s Prolift tansvaginal mesh in 2008. She sued Ethicon alleging that the product was defective and caused injuries resulting vaginal pain that left her unable to have sexual intercourse or undergo a pelvic ... Read More

NZ residents push for ban of hernia mesh

New Zealand’s medical authority Medsafe has banned the use of surgical mesh for gynecological procedures like pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, effective Jan. 4, 2018. Now some residents are calling for an even wider ban of the products, arguing that similar complications can occur when the mesh is used for hernia repair and it should be banned outright. Karyn Freer was implanted with a hernia mesh but was in so much pain that she underwent surgery to remove the mesh. She died in June 2014, while still recovering from hernia mesh removal surgery. Mesh for hernia repair as ... 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

Hernia Mesh Blamed for Injuries and Excruciating Pain

Physiomesh, made by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, isn’t the only hernia mesh currently under fire for its allegedly defective design. The Ventralex ST Mesh, made by C.R. Bard and Davol, Inc., is getting its fair share of criticism, with similar claims of pain and infection as its sister product, Physiomesh. Richard Stipelcovich of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, was implanted with a Ventralex ST Mesh to treat an incarcerated umbilical hernia on Oct. 4, 2016, at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. The surgeon was Dr. James E. Brown, who trusted Bard’s product to be as safe as it claimed to be. Following the placement ... 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

Study: Use of Synthetic Mesh Leads to Higher Failure Rates

A new study suggests that using a synthetic mesh product to repair a contaminated incisional hernia will likely have a higher rate of failure. According to the study published by PubMed last week, biological mesh should be considered first over synthetic mesh for a potentially contaminated hernia, which has a high rate of failure. Common synthetic mesh material are made from polytetrafluoroethylene or polypropylene, woven to create a kind of fabric that the body is expected to accept internally once implanted. Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon is currently under fire for its Physiomesh hernia repair device made of polypropylene that has resulted in ... 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