Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon Division)
Johnson & Johnson is the eighth largest pharmaceutical company and the world’s largest seller of healthcare products. While remaining wildly successful, the company has been associated with numerous scandals over the years, including the recall of 31 million bottles of Tylenol in 1982.
Ethicon is the subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson responsible for wound-closing products, including sutures, staplers, ligatures, and transvaginal mesh. They are currently facing nearly 4,000 federal lawsuits and countless suits in state courts concerning its mesh products.
Ethicon’s Flexible Composite Mesh
Ethicon’s Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh is a synthetic or biologic material permanently implanted in a patient to repair hernias, which commonly arise in the abdominal wall where other supporting muscles have been weakened. This weakening often occurs as a consequence of increased pressure in these areas caused by pregnancy, lifting excess weight, a strain or trauma, chronic cough, increased fluid in the abdomen, and tumors or masses.
In May 2016, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division withdrew it’s hernia mesh product from the U.S. market after studies revealed complications associated with its use in minimally invasive hernia repairs. These studies indicated a much higher recurrence and revision rate from hernia repairs using hernia mesh compared to similar devices used for this type of procedure.
Hernia mesh lawsuits involving injuries and complications allegedly related to Ethicon’s hernia mesh device are currently being filed.
We Can Help
If you suffered health problems after undergoing a hernia mesh procedure, you may qualify for financial compensation. You may also qualify if you underwent a second surgery to correct a recurring hernia. Recovery may include compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of spousal consortium. Avram Blair & Associates, P.C. is headquartered in Houston, Texas but handles hernia mesh cases nationwide. To find out if you have a claim, please call Avram Blair & Associates, P.C. at (800) 634-7490 or contact us online for your free consultation.