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Physiomesh Causes Chronic Pain

“It is not the culture of U.S. medicine to report adverse events to the FDA.”

Dr. David Kessler, Former FDA Commissioner

Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Recalled by Ethicon

Physiomesh, an abdominal hernia mesh manufactured by Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson, was officially recalled from the global market in 2016 due to its high rate of severe complications. Prior to its recall, Physiomesh was fast-tracked through the FDA approval process according to an FDA 510(k) Premarket Notification. Due to this fact, it was not subjected to the necessary testing required to uncover now commonly agreed upon product flaws.

Men and women across the globe have fallen victim to the life-threatening complications of Physiomesh. In reaction, cases are currently being consolidated nationwide as devastated patients seek financial compensation for their losses.

Physiomesh & Ventral Hernia Repair Complications

Physiomesh is used to treat ventral hernias which occur when a bulge of tissue pushes through weakened muscles in your abdominal wall. There are about 500,000 ventral hernia repair surgeries that take place each year and it is estimated that about 330,000 have been repaired using Physiomesh since 2010.

Physiomesh is constructed from a dangerous substance called propylene that adheres to tissue and can cause erosion and organ perforation (as opposed to biologic mesh which absorbs into the body and strengthens the muscle structure naturally). In order to avoid complications from propylene, the manufacturer, Ethicon, created Physiomesh with a thick coating. This coating causes the device to slide around inside the body and eventually dissolves, exposing the propylene which can greatly damage internal tissue. Additionally, Physiomesh’s “flexible composite” has less elasticity than its competitors causing poor attachment to tissue which could lead to contraction, ripping of tissue and recurrent hernias.

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Physiomesh: Everything You Need to Know

Physiomesh: Everything You Need to Know

This recalled hernia mesh video walks you through the history of physiomesh and what went wrong. If you or someone you know has Ethicon mesh inside them this video is for you!

Video: Physiomesh – An Overview

Watch this video to learn the who, what, where, when of physiomesh. With any medical drug or device it is always better to know too much than be left in the dark without any information.

Video: The History of Physiomesh

When was hernia mesh recalled? Why was it recalled? Is it hernia surgery really unsafe? This recalled hernia mesh video answers these questions and more.

Ventral Hernia Mesh Complications Symptoms

Here are some common adverse effects that you or a loved one might be experiencing from complications due to a Physiomesh implant:

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Hernia Recurrence

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Revision/ Corrective Surgery

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Erosion/ Adhesion

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Migration to Other Organs

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Perforation of Other Organs

Physiomesh Lawsuits & Hernia Mesh Settlement Landscape

Regardless of where you live in the United States, if you (or a family member) have suffered from a defective Physiomesh, you may be a candidate to receive a settlement for the pain and suffering that you have endured. Currently, the number of Physiomesh cases filed continue to grow. In fact, you may have heard that Physiomesh will have a “mass tort” lawsuit. This means that if there are a large number of plaintiffs that have similar complaints against a product or device and they are joining together to make a claim against the company that sold it. To help with medical costs or the financial expenses of the pain and suffering incurred, patients are seeking compensation from the manufacturer through these upcoming mass tort settlements.

So far there haven’t been any settlements concerning Ethicon Physiomesh. However, as more and more people are coming out with complaints against Ethicon’s Hernia Mesh Product, this is bringing public attention to this case and allowing more people with Physiomesh problems the confidence to share their stories.

Florida Woman Files Suit Against Ethicon & Johnson & Johnson

On December 27, 2016, Sarah Ann Gilman filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida, claiming Ethicon Physiomesh was defectively designed. Gilman had to undergo revision surgery due to an abdominal bulge, return of the hernia and severe pain which occurred when surrounding organs were damaged by the exposed hernia mesh.

Matthew Huff Trial Scheduled for January, 2018

Matthew Huff filed the first major lawsuit against Ethicon when he developed severe and permanent injuries after being implanted with a Physiomesh. He had to have revision surgery to remove infected tissue in 2013. Huff’s case is the first to go to trial and is scheduled for January, 2018. “The product, Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh, was defective, unreasonably dangerous, and not suitable for implantation in Matthew Huff,” the lawsuits states. “Huff has suffered severe and serious problems and complications…caused by the product.

Georgia Man Files Suit After Facing Severe Intestinal Problems

Henry Lee Brown had a hernia patch which subsequently failed and eroded into his intestines. This resulted in the need for invasive surgery to remove the Physiomesh. The complications required the surgical resectioning of Brown’s small bowel to remove adhesions.

Even After Repair Surgery, Texas Woman Faces Chronic Abdominal Pain

Lizzey Annett of Texas underwent hernia surgery in July 2014. After the surgery, she noticed an enlarging bulge that turned out to be a recurrent hernia. In February 2015, she had another hernia surgery involving a 15cm by 20cm Physiomesh patch that also failed. During a third surgery in October 2016, the doctors noticed that the Physiomesh had caused small cuts to Annett’s bowel. The surgeon had to perform two small bowel resections to repair the damage.

Physiomesh Glossary of Key Terms

Hernia

A condition where an organ or fatty tissue pushes through surrounding muscles or connective tissue.

Hernia Mesh

A screen-like material that is applied to the muscle perforation to prevent the organ or tissue from pushing through.

Hernia Recurrence

If a hernia repair fails, the tissue is able to push through the muscle again.

Mesh Erosion

When the mesh breaks apart and can dangerously move to surrounding tissue and organs.

Mesh Migration

When an implant fails to attach to tissue, it can move around possibly causing damage to organs and surrounding tissue.

Organ Perforation

Surrounding organs are damaged due to an artificial implant that is out of place.

Ventral Hernia

At the site of a previous surgery, the muscle wall weakens due to an incision and makes it easier for the intestine to push through. (also called an “incisional hernia”).

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If you have had a Physiomesh implant, then these stories might sound familiar to you. No one should have to endure the pain and suffering of a device that was not fully tested. Maybe you have medical bills that are piling up or your pain has hindered your ability to work. Whatever your circumstances, Periscope Group wants to listen to you. We can help you to determine if you have a case to get the compensation that is owed to you.

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There are many controversial issues that political candidates build their platforms on, and public health and the environment are certainly hot topics. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is the first federal legislator and presidential candidate to call for a ban on Roundup weedkiller and we’re thrilled that she’s bringing this important topic to the forefront of political debate.

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Financial Contributions and Political Support

It’s no secret that mega corporations give financial contributions to political candidates and officials, not to mention lobbyists. In fact, Monsanto’s website even admits:

“Monsanto is committed to participating constructively and transparently in the political process, as such participation is essential to the Company’s long-term success. Our approach on corporate political contributions is driven by the significant impact that public policy decisions can have on our business and on the interests of our stakeholders.”

Fortunately, these political contributions are open to the public to view, so here are some numbers to think about:

Paid to the House of Representatives in 2013

Total paid by Monsanto to Democrats: $72,000
Total paid by Monsanto to Republicans: $190,500

Paid to Senate in 2013

Total paid by Monsanto to Democrats: $37,500
Total  paid by Monsanto to Republicans: $85,000

Contributions to Federal Candidates, 2018 cycle

Total Contributions from this PAC to federal candidates: $315,000 (33% to Democrats, 67% to Republicans)

House: Total to Democrats: $92,500; Total to Republicans: $193,500
Senate: Total to Democrats: $23,500; Total to Republicans: $41,500

When you consider the bills and political decisions that involve adding a warning label to the products, banning glyphosate, use on city property, and more, Monsanto’s contributions are having an impact on government regulations and thereby public health and safety.  

This is precisely why it’s so refreshing to hear that Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is standing up against Bayer (who acquired Monsanto in 2018) by stating on Twitter, “I’ve said it before, I’ll keep saying it: Ban roundup! It’s long past time we stopped relying on corrupt corporations with a profit incentive to fund science telling us their chemicals are ‘safe.’ Victims shouldn’t have to go to trial to get the truth.”

Between the two recent California trials that found in favor of the plaintiffs who were diagnosed with cancer due to use of Roundup, new studies that found that Roundup causes a 40% increased risk of cancer, and LA County’s recent ban of Roundup on county property, hopefully more politicians will listen to researchers and their constituents and ban Roundup.

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Why Post-Market Medical Device Follow-up is Necessary But Ignored or Hidden

As someone who’s had medical issues ranging from chronic pain to infertility, I’m no stranger to being poked, prodded, given a plethora of prescriptions, and feeling more like an alien abduction than a patient being presented solutions to feel better. Sound familiar?

Why Post-Market Medical Device Follow-up is Necessary But Ignored or Hidden

And why do we subjugate ourselves to being guinea pigs to test which therapies, pills, and mechanical parts will torment our bodies? It’s simple. We’re desperate for help and we trust the men and women in scrubs and suits to honestly want to help us. The FDA’s fast tracked 510(k) process,  doctors receiving “gifts” from pharmaceutical companies for prescribing their products, and sky high drug prices are just a few examples of the many parts of the system that are broken at the expense of patient health. Here’s another important flaw with the FDA and Big Pharma: their lack of post-market medical device follow-up.

But why should you take the time to learn about this? Consider these statistics:

  • In 2018, medtech (medical technology) stocks climbed 26%.
  • About 1.4 million hip and knee replacement surgeries were performed in 2017 alone and the number continues to increase each year.
  • The U.S. medical device market was $147.7 billion in 2016 and is projected to grow to $173 billion in 2019.

If you don’t already have a medical device, chances are high that you’ll either have one or you know someone who has one. Plus, this is big money for pharmaceutical companies so a variety of products are probably going to be advertised or recommended to you. Don’t you want to make sure that something this important is proven to help and not harm you?

The FDA’s 510(k) Approval and Post-Market Follow-up Process

The FDA established the 510(k) process to promote medical innovation and approve needed products to market quickly. However, this once “noble” function has now turned into a manipulation of Big Pharma to speed devices to market to for profit and to bypass expensive testing. The 510(k) process allows the FDA to fast-track paperwork through the system as pharmaceutical companies base their devices on previously approved ones… all without human clinical trials.

There are many problems to this practice. First of all, the products that they’re comparing the new one to may have been ineffective or harmful and taken off the market (such as the case involving Protegen transvaginal mesh). Secondly, this is how 70 percent of medical devices are being approved; again, WITHOUT human clinical trials. Is it any wonder why there are so many health complications and recalls concerning medical devices?!? Finally, the FDA is understaffed and underfunded which makes approving, monitoring, and following up on drugs and medical devices a nightmare.

Post market follow-up is critical to patient safety, as the FDA explains that the requirements, “include such things as tracking systems, reporting of device malfunctions, serious injuries or deaths, and registering the establishments where devices are produced or distributed. Postmarket requirements also include postmarket surveillance studies required under section 522 of the act as well as post-approval studies required at the time of approval of a premarket approval (PMA), humanitarian device exemption (HDE), or product development protocol (PDP) application.”

Let’s take a closer look at a recent example that hit the news in March 2019. Mentor Worldwide MemoryShape breast implants were approved in 2013. It came to the FDA’s attention that the company failed to enrol the required number of subjects in the post market study, had poor follow-up rates with patients (only 61 percent), and significant data wasn’t consistent.

These studies are particularly important because in 2016 it was determined that breast implants can cause breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL, which is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (cancer of the immune system). Post-market surveillance could not only ensure the safety of those in the study, but it can provide valuable information to prevent future patients from suffering from this disease.

Post-market surveillance is a critical part of the FDA’s job and public health depends on it. To quickly approve high risk medical devices and neglect monitoring how they work is not only negligent, but it deliberately disregards the health of the millions of patients that the FDA and pharmaceutical companies claim to be helping. It’s time to put patient health first.

 

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“Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)”. FDA. Accessed April 2, 2019. https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/BreastImplants/ucm239995.htm

Why Are There So Many Drug and Medical Device Recalls?

As an advocacy group that strives to keep the FDA and big pharmaceutical companies accountable, we’ve seen our share of hundreds of thousands of people angry, disillusioned, and scared because their medicine or medical device has been recalled. They trusted that their doctor or surgeon chose the best decision for their condition. They put their faith in the company that produced their drug or implant to monitor their materials for safety. The believed that the FDA would only approve products that were properly tested and proven safe. Now many of these patients are living in a new normal where they’re worried about whether their pills are safe or they’re in excruciating pain from an implant that can’t be removed. How can this happen? Why does it seem that drugs and medical devices are being recalled more than ever before?

Why Are There So Many Drug and Medical Device Recalls?

Reasons for Recalls

Drug and medical device recalls can either be required by the FDA based on reports they’ve been receiving or it can be voluntary on behalf of the company when their product(s) are potentially unsafe. Here are the main reasons for recalling a medical product:

  • Health Risks – If a medicine or implant is found to harm patients and causes a high potential for injury, then it could be recalled. For example, phenylpropanolamine (PPA), a drug that was used in decongestants and weight loss medicines, was recalled because it was found to increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in the brain).
  • Poor labeling or packaging – If the dosing instructions are confusing, if the dosing device is faulty, or perhaps the packaging proves not to be childproof, then it could be recalled.
  • Mislabeled – Let’s say that you purchased a generic medication that was labeled gluten free but it in fact did contain gluten, then the company would have to rectify this error.
  • Compromised Manufacturing – This has been in the news a lot lately. Recently (January 2019) it was found that the popular blood pressure medication Valsartan was contaminated with N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA, a possibly cancer-causing substance and an additional contaminant called nitrosodiethylamine, or NDEA.  

2018 – The Year of the Recall

Let’s look at some of the stats for 2018 from R&D Magazine to see how they were broken down into the above categories:

Pharmaceuticals (percentage of total drug recalls)

  • Failure to meet product specifications: 25%
  • Deviations from current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP): 23.9%
  • Sterility: 12%
  • Mislabeling: 10.9%
  • Foreign Materials: 7.6%

Medical Devices (number of recalls per cause)

  • Software issue: 79
  • Mislabeling issue: 43
  • Quality issue: 36
  • Sterility issue: 27

A Few of the Top Drug and Medical Device Recalls of 2018:

Other Important Facts to Know

  • Five companies reported ten or more recalls in the quarter. This is the highest number since Q3 2016 and the second highest since Q3 2013.
  • You can check the FDA’s website to see if your medication or implant has been recalled by clicking here.

Why Are There So Many Drug and Medical Device Recalls?

There are many reasons why the number of recalls are increasing. First of all, we’ve talked a lot about how the FDA and pharmaceutical companies fast-track medical devices to market without testing using the 510(k) process. Another problem is that many products and drugs are produced overseas (learn more here).  A third broken part in the system is that Big Pharma funds not only the FDA, but politicians who monitor this appendage of the government. An additional glitch is that the FDA is overworked and underfunded; they can’t keep up with all the applications, adverse effect reports, and follow-up documents causing many issues to fall into the cracks.

Clearly the FDA is broken at the cost of innocent patients and their health. It’s time we voice our concerns, educate ourselves about our health, and hold the FDA and Big Pharma accountable for harming millions of people.

 

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“What Is a Drug Recall?”. WebMD. Accessed April 2, 2019. https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/what-is-a-drug-recall#1

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Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

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