Mesh devices have been used since the 1980’s to strengthen weakened or damaged tissue in hernia repair procedures. The devices are designed to minimize recovery time but can cause severe complications such as hernia reoccurrence, adhesions, bacterial infections, obstructions and device migration, all of which can lead to additional surgeries to remove the device and repair internal organs.
Hernia Mesh Litigation: Ethicon PhysioMesh
Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon PhysioMesh, made of non-absorbable propylene, was first approved by the FDA in 2010 and became hugely popular despite a high rate of complications. The mesh was used in laparoscopic, ventral, and inguinal hernia repair surgeries.
High rates of patient and surgeon complaints and several independent studies revealing the dangers of the product led Ethicon to issue an Urgent Field Safety Notice permanently withdrawing PhysioMesh from the market on May 27, 2016 and medical professionals had until September 16, 2016 to return unused PhysioMesh (hernia mesh) for a full refund from the manufacturer. A voluntary withdrawal*, as opposed to a recall of a product, allows a company to quietly remove their product from the market without the requirement for official safety alerts to patients, doctors, hospitals and other medical professionals. These cases have been consolidated in Federal Court in Georgia under the case number MDL** 2782.
If you or a loved one were injured or experienced complications from Ethicon PhysioMesh, call our lawyers toll free at 800-537-8185 to discuss your rights.
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If you or a loved one has experienced complications with Ethicon PhysioMesh, you may be eligible to file a claim against Johnson & Johnson for medical costs, emotional distress and further damages. Fill out our free case evaluation form to see if you are eligible for a potential Ethicon PhysioMesh lawsuit. An experienced attorney at Morris Bart will assist you in the evaluation process. Initial consultations are FREE. Click here to see more about our office locations throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.
*This page was updated to clarify this product was a market withdrawal, not a product recall.
**MDL status means multi-district litigation. Although each person has a separate lawsuit, the litigation has been consolidated into one federal court for purposes of streamlining and cost cutting. Rather than hundreds of judges hearing the same motions in thousands of cases throughout the country, each motion dealing with issues common to all cases is heard and decided once for all the participants.