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Ethicon Physiomesh® Problems, lawsuits & Updates

The Ethicon Physiomesh® story

A large number of individuals throughout the United States have reported suffering severe and debilitating problems following Ethicon Physiomesh® hernia mesh surgery. In fact, thousands of lawsuits are expected to be filed.

Physiomesh is a flexible composite mesh that are used to repair hernias and reinforce weaknesses in the abdominal wall which could cause hernias. Surgeons implant the mesh over an opening or weak spot on the abdominal wall. The idea is that the mesh creates a strong barrier to prevent your internal organs from squeezing through.

However, the failure rates for Ethicon Physiomesh mesh appear to be unreasonably high, potentially resulting in the need for revision surgery and leaving patients with permanent and debilitating health problems.

Ethicon Physiomesh were introduced to the medical device market using the 510(k) FDA approval system. This system allows companies to introduce medical devices without rigorous pre-market research and studies. Both manufacturers only had to demonstrate that it was “substantially equivalent” to a previously approved hernia mesh system. As a result, the manufacturer was not required to conduct thorough testing or research to establish whether users may face an unreasonable risk of problems following Physiomesh hernia repair.

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Why Now Is The Time To File A Lawsuit Against Ethicon Physiomesh®

There are dozens of hernia mesh products on the market, but only one is backed with the full force and might of one of the biggest and most powerful corporations in the world: Physiomesh.

The label on the Physiomesh packaging says that it was made by a company called Ethicon. Look a little closer, and you’ll see that Ethicon is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, the gigantic corporation responsible such safe, homey medicine-cabinet staples as Band-Aids and baby powder.

Well, “Band-Aid” has come to mean “a superficial solution,” and baby powder has been implicated in countless deaths from ovarian cancer. So much for safe and homey.

Like Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, the Ethicon Physiomesh is another seemingly harmless, helpful product that turns out to be a silent killer.

In 2016, the World Economic Forum listed Johnson & Johnson as the 8th-largest company in the world, and the single largest healthcare company in the world.

Johnson & Johnson’s economic power and hunger for profit has guaranteed that:

• the Ethicon Physiomesh was rammed through the FDA’s approval process
• the Ethicon Physiomesh was marketed extremely aggressively to doctors and patients
• the Ethicon Physiomesh was implanted in a very large number of surgical procedures
• the Ethicon Physiomesh’s design cuts corners to maximize profit.

As the 500-pound gorilla of the healthcare world, Johnson & Johnson has flung its weight around and gotten its way with the Ethicon Physiomesh for years.

But now the tide is turning.

There’s never been a better time to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for the defective, dangerous performance of its Ethicon Physiomesh. Hundreds, even thousands, of lawsuits are currently working their way through the courts, each of them founded on two central claims:

• The flaws in the Ethicon Physiomesh can cause serious health complications in the patients in whom it has been surgically implanted. • Johnson & Johnson knew full well of the dangers of the Ethicon Physiomesh – but concealed and lied about that information in the name of maximizing profit.

If you had an Ethicon Physiomesh – or any other kind of hernia mesh – implanted in a surgical procedure, and you’ve experienced health problems as a result, read on to learn how TheLawFirm.com can help you obtain the financial compensation to which you may be entitled.

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Health Problems Caused By Ethicon Physiomesh® Hernia Mesh Implant

No company has done less to earn the name “Ethicon” than Ethicon. We’re willing to wager that Ethicon is one of the most unethical pharmaceutical companies around – and that’s saying something.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knew that Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Physiomesh was an inferior, dangerous product. That’s why the agency strongly encouraged Ethicon to recall the Physiomesh in 2016.

Even though Ethicon did recall the Physiomesh, the company won’t admit it. Johnson & Johnson calls the recall a “voluntary withdrawal.”

The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com call that “a load of hogwash.”

The problems with the Ethicon Physiomesh can be traced back to the problems with its design. In fact, the things that make the Ethicon Physiomesh stand out in a medical marketplace crowded with hernia mesh products are not its benefits, but its flaws.

Sadly, it is now believed that the Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh can cause major complications for patients. These complications can include:

• Mesh Erosion or Failure;
• Twisted or perforated bowel causing gastric ulcers or other intestinal problems, including infections like sepsis and gangrene;
• Infections;
• Slowly healing wounds;
• Chronic pain;
• Revision Surgery;
• Allergic Reactions (some mesh is covered with omega 3 fatty acids, called the O3FA layer. It now appears that some patients may suffer allergic reactions to the C-Qur O3FA layer) or
• Abdominal Pain, Bowel Adhesions, Ulcers or Organ Perforation.
All hernia mesh devices are made of polypropylene, a strong, lightweight plastic with a million and one uses. But polypropylene, even when sterilized, has been shown in countless clinical trials to decay when implanted in the human body. When it decays, it can cause infection. It can even cause severe bleeding and trauma in internal organs.

Nevertheless, the manufacturers of the Ethicon Physiomesh decided to compromise its quality by using an especially lightweight polypropylene.

So Johnson & Johnson made an unsafe product even less safe. Not only is it more prone to decaying, but the Physiomesh can easily rip. The sole purpose of a hernia mesh is to keep internal tissues in place. A ripped hernia mesh is utterly useless. More than that, it’s dangerous.

Kind of makes you wonder why any doctor or surgeon would recommend the use of the Ethicon Physiomesh.

And that’s why it’s important to remember that your doctors are as much as victim of Johnson & Johnson’s greed as you are. Your doctors and surgeons were on the receiving end of countless sales pitches – both high-pressure and subtle – from Johnson & Johnson. Whether they knew it or not, they were coerced by Johnson & Johnson to recommend the Physiomesh.

And now you’re paying the price.

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Hernia Mesh Legal Advice

The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com are not doctors. However, as we talk to the hundreds of patients who are calling us for legal advice following hernia mesh surgery, we are often asked for our advice. First, talk to your doctor. Second, from speaking to many hernia mesh patients, it seems to us that there is treatment for hernia mesh pain and most patients getting the right treatment recover.

Many of the patients who call TheLawFirm.com with hernia mesh call because they have developed chronic pain. We have learned through our research that hernia recurrence is a small risk. A patient with hernia mesh and chronic pain usually means that the hernia mesh is the cause of the pain. So we usually tell our hernia mesh pain clients to refuse to be told that the hernia mesh is not responsible.

The reason that hernia mesh causes pain is because your body sees the hernia mesh as foreign and your body responds with chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation causes pain. The pain could be from an error in surgical technique or because the mesh has moved but we have found from our clients that the mesh is probably responsible.

Imaging studies such as CT scan, MRI and ultrasound are for the most part worthless for evaluating a patient with hernia mesh pain. Imaging studies typically show nothing wrong with the mesh if in fact the mesh is visualized. However, on most imaging studies the mesh is invisible.

We highly recommend a second opinion if your doctor tells you that a hernia recurrence is causing your pain. Patients with chronic pain after mesh hernia surgery need to find doctors who have experience taking care of this condition.

Again, we are not offering medical advice. But call the hernia mesh attorneys at TheLawFirm.com if you got a hernia mesh implanted and it is now causing you additional medical problems.

Litigation

Now’s the time to even out the balance sheet. The time to take legal action against Johnson & Johnson is now. And the expert lawyers at TheLawFirm.com are the ones you want by your side.

We specialize in cases about the Ethicon Physiomesh. We know how to try them, and we know how to win them.

If you’ve experienced health problems as a result of the surgical implantation of the Ethicon Physiomesh, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Contact TheLawFirm.com to learn how we can help you.

All cases are pursued under a contingency fee agreement, so there are no fees or expenses unless a recovery or settlement is obtained. Contact us for a free consultation and case evaluation. Every case has a deadline by which any Atrium C-Qur or Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuit must be filed, so it is important to review any potential claims as early as possible to make sure that your legal rights are protected.

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Ethicon Physiomesh® Lawsuit Updates

November 30, 2017 - Ethicon, a division of Johnson and Johnson, was aware of potential complications related to a pelvic mesh product before its launch in 2005.
A series of internal emails suggest that the company was aware of potential problems. Some changes were suggested but rejected due to “commercial limitations”.

November 22, 2017 - Ethicon Physiomesh and C-Qur Hernia Mesh Lawsuits and Problems
You may not know who made your hernia mesh and it is important to know that not all brands or makes of hernia mesh are problematic but C-Qur Hernia Mesh and Ethicon Physiomesh are alleged to cause serious hernia surgery complications.

October 3, 2017 - Supreme Court Rejects Bid To Overturn Mesh Verdict
Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson known for manufacturing, among other products, several models of a controversial surgical product called pelvic mesh, went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in a bid to have overturned a $3.27 million decision against it in a case about that very device. The Supreme Court denied that attempt with a single line of text.

September 29, 2017 - Judge Pushed To Overturn Pelvic Mesh Verdict
Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is exerting pressure on a Pennsylvania judge to toss a verdict from earlier this month that requires the company to pay $57.1 million in a pelvic mesh injury case. The company argues that the plaintiff in the case waited too long after learning about her injury to file her lawsuit.


Other Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Updates

October 3, 2017 - Doctors Stand Up For Pelvic Mesh Devices
In spite of the fact that thousands of Canadian women have filed lawsuits or joined existing lawsuits over the alleged health risks of vaginal mesh devices, a number of doctors and surgeons have stated that the polypropylene plastic devices play an important role in modern surgical medicine, and that, though many of the devices have indeed malfunctioned, vaginal mesh implants have an important role to play in the health of Canadian women.

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September 26, 2017 - International summit urged by former secretary of scotland on "worldwide catastrophe” of the serious injuries caused by pelvic mesh device
Alex Neil, a former Health Secretary of Scotland, called for an international summit to address what he called the “worldwide catastrophe” of the serious injuries caused by pelvic mesh devices.

When Neil held his position with the Scottish government, Scotland became the first country in the world to suspend use of the devices, which, as mounting medical evidence has shown, have been linked to a wide variety of serious health, quality-of-life, and psychological problems.

Pelvic mesh devices – also known as vaginal mesh devices, or transvaginal mesh (TVM) devices – are made of a versatile, lightweight plastic called polypropylene, which has been shown again and again to damage internal organs and tissues in a variety of ways.

Neil urged his successor, Shona Robison, to coordinate a summit about the devices. Robison has been criticized for accepting the safety findings of a panel that studied the devices. That panel consisted largely of representatives from the devices’ chief manufacturers.

Neil’s proposal has support across Scottish government officials of all political parties.

Nearly 450 women who allege they have been harmed by vaginal mesh devices have joined together to file the largest legal action in Scottish history: a lawsuit that amounts to more than $94 billion.

If you or a loved one has been injured or harmed in any way by a pelvic mesh patch, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Contact the expert attorneys at TheLawFirm.com right away so we can help you file your lawsuit.

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September 17, 2017 - Not Enough Action On Vaginal Mesh Cases
Dr. Wael Agur, has stated that the nation of Wales has not taken the actions required to protect its citizens from the dangers posed by vaginal mesh devices.

Pelvic Mesh Update September 11, 2017

Out-of-State Mesh Plaintiffs Want Their Cases Heard in Philadelphia

September 6, 2017 - 6th Pelvic Mesh Trial Concludes In Philadelphia
Deliberations have begun for the jury in a Philadelphia trial over Johnson & Johnson’s potential liability in a case involving a woman who alleges that one of the company’s pelvic mesh devices caused her incontinence and urethral damage.

Hernia Mesh Update May 1, 2017
The mesh attorneys at TheLawFirm.com were pleased to see that a Philadelphia jury returned a $20 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson for injuries suffered by a New Jersey woman after receiving a vaginal mesh device.

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