On May 25, 2016, Ethicon sent out a notification to doctors not to use their Physiomesh product in future hernia surgeries. The company acknowledged that “Based on the currently available data, Ethicon believes the higher rates to be a multifactorial issue (including possible product characteristics, operative and patient factors), but has not been able to fully characterize these factors.”
While it’s not considered to be a true “recall,” this is a “voluntary product recall.” The company admitted that more patients had negative effects with their product than others on the market.
Many people suspect that the pharmaceutical giant knew that the product was poorly designed before it hit the market. In a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) from August 2015, researchers reported that this device was more likely to fracture and break than other meshes. This could lead to greater scarring of the tissue. The NCBI also conducted a study in October 2013 where Physiomesh was compared to Ventralight and both meshes were put into five animals. They found that the animals with Physiomesh had more inflammation, fibrosis, and hemorrhages than the ones with the Ventralight. Even with these reports, Ethicon failed to remove their products immediately or warn potential patients.
Physiomesh Recall Lawsuit
Trying to get compensation or battling a corporate giant can feel overwhelming and really scary. However, you should be compensated for the pain and the additional expenses that come with these types of injuries. The manufacturers of this product did not inform patients of the potential risks nor did they invest the time and money to make sure that this product was safe. What is also important to note is that Ethicon and Johnson and Johnson are failing to help those who have been injured by their products, even stating: “At Ethicon, our first priority is to our customers and their patients, and that includes the safe and effective use of our products. Ethicon will defend itself against lawsuits concerning the use of our hernia mesh products.”
- Was your hernia repaired using Physiomesh?
- Was your surgery conducted to treat a ventral, or abdominal hernia?
- Did you have hernia surgery between October 2010 through June 2016?
- Have you experienced any of the following complications:
- Your hernia came back
- You had corrective surgery to repair problems with your previous hernia surgery
- Your hernia mesh eroded and needed to be replaced
- Your hernia mesh didn’t stay in place and punctured surrounding tissue or organs
- You suffered from a severe infection
- You were hospitalized from complications from your hernia surgery
If you answered “yes” to having a Physiomesh and “yes” to at least one of the following problems, then you might be able to make a claim.