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Ethicon's Physiomesh Composite hernia repair device was quickly recalled by Johnson & Johnson.

Surgical mesh does not work in an unacceptably high percentage of patients to repair a woman's incontinence or hernia

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - When doctors were looking for a solution to pad their bill and perform an additional, marginally necessary surgery, hernia repair mesh was re-purposed and repackaged as the "transvaginal mesh" and implanted in women who have just delivered babies to support their leaky bladders that had been compromised during childbirth. The procedure treated a condition that is known as a "pelvic organ prolapse or female stress urinary incontinence" and the medical device's failure caused women extensive injuries. National transvaginal mesh attorneys have vast experience at representing people harmed by Ethicon Physiomesh and offer a free consultation before filing a lawsuit claim.

Re-purposed polypropylene hernia repair mesh can become degraded over time when placed within the body when it is attacked by the body's natural immune system and may liquefy into a toxic gel that is absorbed immediately and continuously into the bloodstream causing infections, skin rashes, migraine headaches, total body aches, and various auto-immune system complications.

Experts fear that hernia repair mesh may be in the midst of a logistic meltdown as the UK reports that over one in three of the 500,000 or so hernia repair surgeries may fail within five to ten years requiring revision surgery and more. Hernia repair mesh has been used in millions of hernia repair surgeries all over the world even though its twin sister, the vaginal support mesh, has been recalled and the subject of billions of dollars of punitive jury awards and government fines. Support mesh used for hernia repair and vaginal support has been the subject of litigation recently.

In 2016, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon Inc., voluntarily recalled the hernia repair mesh after Herniamed, a German hernia registry recorded a high number of complaints about the device in situations where a second revision surgery was necessary.

Early in 2019, The New York Times reported that "Seven medical device manufacturers, including Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson, are paying nearly $8 billion to resolve the (transvaginal mesh) claims of more than 100,000 women."

In October of 2019, Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon subsidiary paid $117 million to settle a lawsuit "attorneys general of 41 states and the District of Columbia, agreeing to settle claims that it deceptively advertised and marketed its transvaginal mesh products. The companies will pay nearly $117 million," according to Fierce Biotech. According to the publication, Johnson &Johnson, "misrepresented or failed to adequately disclose possible adverse effects to patients and surgeons, and that they were aware of the risks of serious complications from the implants."

And now as of the other day, Johnson & Johnson must pay the state of California $344 million in damages as a result of the same deceptive marketing of transvaginal mesh products. On April 16, 2019, the FDA ordered the manufacturers of surgical mesh products "indicated for the transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) to stop selling and distributing their products in the U.S. immediately."

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