Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Ethicon is under fire once again for its defective hernia mesh product Physiomesh. A man from Illinois has filed a lawsuit against the company after he experienced serious complications after ventral incisional hernia repair, according to The Global Dispatch.
The complaint – filed on May 22nd with the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois by Gary Goodson – alleges that the Physiomesh received by the plaintiff was defective and not reasonably safe for hernia repair.
Goodson claims he now requires revision surgery due to complications with the device. He alleges that the mesh’s coating, designed to help the body absorb the mesh, creates a breeding ground for bacteria.
The lawsuit is not the first for Ethicon, which withdrew its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh in 2016. The company made the decision to remove the product from the market after two hernia registries in Europe alleged that the product was associated with high revision and recurrence rates compared to other meshes.
While the withdrawal was not deemed an official recall in the U.S., hospitals were advised to return unused hernia patches.
Lawsuits related to Ethicon’s other mesh product, Prolift, have cost the company $120 million. More than 40,000 lawsuits over Prolift are still pending.
Plaintiffs allege that Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon were aware of the problems with the meshes, but failed to disclose this information to medical providers and patients.
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