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Ethicon Physiomesh Polypropylene May Not be Biocompatible

Scientific Studies show that Polypropylene, a synthetic, petroleum-based plastic, is attacked by the human body as a foreign invader breaks down, shrinks and deteriorates

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - Common sense dictates that a medical device maker the likes of Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson would think twice before manufacturing a device from a material that cannot be tolerated by the human body. Common sense can be clouded when there is money at stake. Ethicon made billions of dollars from Physiomesh being implanted to support a hernia repaired during routine laparoscopic surgery. Ethicon voluntarily recalled Physiomesh from the US market in 2016 due to an abnormally high percentage of revision surgeries that required removal of the mesh device to alleviate the chronic pain it produced and to surgically repair a hernia a second time. Ethicon failed to say why Physiomesh malfunctioned citing "multi-factorial" reasons, a.k.a., it could be any reason. Scientists strongly suspect, however, that the synthetic polypropylene core component of Physiomesh is to blame for the failure of the device. Physiomesh patients that have had to undergo revision surgery have hired Physiomesh hernia attorneys to investigate their claim that they should be reimbursed for the damages that Physiomesh caused. Plaintiffs suing Ethicon and Johnson and Johnson also think that the defendants were aware that Physiomesh would malfunction for a couple of reasons. One reason is that Physiomesh is remarkably similar to another mesh medical device disaster the companies thrust on an unsuspecting public years earlier, the transvaginal mesh. Physiomesh is so similar to the transvaginal mesh that the two may have been compared with each other to earn FDA fast-track designation allowing it to be rushed to market. The second reason is the studies conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) that came to the conclusion that polypropylene is not biocompatible.

"Biocompatibility is a general term describing the property of a material is compatible with living tissue. Biocompatible materials do not produce a toxic or immunological response when exposed to the body or bodily fluids," "Biocompatibility is defined as the capability of a finished and sterilized medical device to perform within an acceptable biological reaction in a clinical application (e.g. skin, blood, tissue/bone, etc.)." According to a study published in April of 2017 by the National Institute of Health, polypropylene, the core component of Physiomesh hernia repair device may not be biocompatible. Tens of thousands of Physiomesh hernia repair patients may have to undergo revision surgery to remove the mesh from atop of their surgically-repaired hernia. The NIH studied whether or not a polypropylene synthetic patch would be rejected by human tissues within a human host. "New Zealand White female breeder rabbits were implanted with polypropylene mesh, ADSC-fixed polypropylene mesh in the abdomen. After 4 weeks, adhesion was performed and the erosion of the mesh was evaluated." The results of the study determined "polypropylene mesh, ADSC-fixed polypropylene mesh all had different degrees of corrosion and adhesion, but polypropylene mesh was more corroded."

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