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Ethicon’s Hernia Device Physiomesh is Linked to Dangerous Complications

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Ethicon’s Hernia Device Physiomesh is Linked to Dangerous Complications

Johnson & Johnson, the pharmaceutical giant, is no stranger to lawsuits. It has been sued over talcum powder and its purported link to ovarian cancer and metal and metal hip implants. Its subsidiary Ethicon, so long the subject of transvaginal mesh litigation, is also under fire for Physiomesh, a product intended to prevent hernias.

We have written in the past about how Ethicon’s mesh products are the subject of thousands of lawsuits brought by women who are claiming it punctured organs, caused chronic pain and even death.

Ethicon’s Physiomesh product is also made from polypropylene, the same material as transvaginal mesh. The flexible polypropylene mesh is intended to reinforce the abdominal wall, preventing future hernias from occurring.

Physiomesh complications results in lawsuits

Physiomesh - alleged side-effects result in lawsuits

Although Ethicon has maintained Physiomesh is safe, in May 2016, it issued a market withdrawal.

In a letter to healthcare providers, Ethicon revealed it was pulling the mesh after a review of data that had not been published from European registries. The research pointed to a discrepancy between Physiomesh flexible composite and the other meshes in the registries after hernia repair.

Ethicon based in New Jersey said the higher revision rates were due to a “multifactorial issue.”

Alleged Physiomesh Side Effects Lead to Lawsuits

We were concerned to read about reports that Physiomesh is causing serious complications in some patients.

Studies in Denmark and Germany pointed to high rates of hernia recurrence in patients who were implanted with Physiomesh compared to similar devices.

Lawsuits are starting to trickle in related to Physiomesh. A woman from Florida claimed the hernia mesh migrated in her body and blocked her intestines, causing serious health complications. The polypropylene became embedded in her abdominal wall, the lawsuit claims.

A man from Illinois is suing Ethicon. He claims Physiomesh led to abscesses, infections, and an intestinal fistula. A trial is set for early 2018.

Given that Physiomesh is made from the same material as transvaginal mesh products that have resulted in massive jury verdicts against Ethicon, we are concerned about the safety of this medical product.

If you believe you have been harmed by a dangerous drug or a medical device, it’s important not to wait too long to seek legal help. Our Virginia dangerous medical device lawyers will evaluate your case and help you join a mass tort action. Call me today at (757) 455-0077.

Bill O'Mara

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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