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Ethicon Physiomesh® Mesh Implant
A large number of individuals throughout the United States have reported suffering severe and debilitating problems following Ethicon Physiomesh® hernia mesh surgery. In fact, thousands of lawsuits are expected to be filed.
Physiomesh is a flexible composite mesh that are used to repair hernias and reinforce weaknesses in the abdominal wall which could cause hernias. Surgeons implant the mesh over an opening or weak spot on the abdominal wall. The idea is that the mesh creates a strong barrier to prevent your internal organs from squeezing through.
However, the failure rates for Ethicon Physiomesh mesh appear to be unreasonably high, potentially resulting in the need for revision surgery and leaving patients with permanent and debilitating health problems.
Ethicon Physiomesh were introduced to the medical device market using the 510(k) FDA approval system. This system allows companies to introduce medical devices without rigorous pre-market research and studies. Both manufacturers only had to demonstrate that it was “substantially equivalent” to a previously approved hernia mesh system. As a result, the manufacturer was not required to conduct thorough testing or research to establish whether users may face an unreasonable risk of problems following Physiomesh hernia repair.
Health Problems Caused by Ethicon Physiomesh® Hernia Mesh Implant
No company has done less to earn the name “Ethicon” than Ethicon. We’re willing to wager that Ethicon is one of the most unethical pharmaceutical companies around – and that’s saying something.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knew that Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Physiomesh was an inferior, dangerous product. That’s why the agency strongly encouraged Ethicon to recall the Physiomesh in 2016.
Even though Ethicon did recall the Physiomesh, the company won’t admit it. Johnson & Johnson calls the recall a “voluntary withdrawal.”
The problems with the Ethicon Physiomesh can be traced back to the problems with its design. In fact, the things that make the Ethicon Physiomesh stand out in a medical marketplace crowded with hernia mesh products are not its benefits, but its flaws. Sadly, it is now believed that the Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh can cause major complications for patients. These complications can include:
Possible Ethicon Physiomesh® Complications
All hernia mesh devices are made of polypropylene, a strong, lightweight plastic with a million and one uses. But polypropylene, even when sterilized, has been shown in countless clinical trials to decay when implanted in the human body. When it decays, it can cause infection. It can even cause severe bleeding and trauma in internal organs.
Nevertheless, the manufacturers of the Ethicon Physiomesh decided to compromise its quality by using an especially lightweight polypropylene.
So Johnson & Johnson made an unsafe product even less safe. Not only is it more prone to decaying, but the Physiomesh can easily rip. The sole purpose of a hernia mesh is to keep internal tissues in place. A ripped hernia mesh is utterly useless. More than that, it’s dangerous.
Kind of makes you wonder why any doctor or surgeon would recommend the use of the Ethicon Physiomesh.
And that’s why it’s important to remember that your doctors are as much as victim of Johnson & Johnson’s greed as you are. Your doctors and surgeons were on the receiving end of countless sales pitches – both high-pressure and subtle – from Johnson & Johnson. Whether they knew it or not, they were coerced by Johnson & Johnson to recommend the Physiomesh.
And now you’re paying the price.
Ethicon Physiomesh® recall
Ethicon is a division of Johnson & Johnson. Ethicon issued an urgent field safety notice and withdrew their product from the market in May 2016. The notice included a recall of all existing stock held by healthcare facilities for all variations of the Physiomesh product line. Health Canada issued a recall for Physiomesh products. It’s estimated that as many as 300,000 people have been implanted with Physiomesh in the United States since the product was approved in 2010. Approximately 30,000 patients in Canada also received the mesh.
JOHNSON & JOHNSON’S HERNIA MESH DEVICES, PROFITS AND LITIGATION There are dozens of hernia mesh products on the market, but only one is backed with the full force and might of one of the biggest and most powerful corporations in the world: Physiomesh.
The label on the Physiomesh packaging says that it was made by a company called Ethicon. Look a little closer, and you’ll see that Ethicon is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, the gigantic corporation responsible such safe, homey medicine-cabinet staples as Band-Aids and baby powder.
Well, “Band-Aid” has come to mean “a superficial solution,” and baby powder has been implicated in countless deaths from ovarian cancer. So much for safe and homey.
Like Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, the Ethicon Physiomesh is another seemingly harmless, helpful product that turns out to be a silent killer.
In 2016, the World Economic Forum listed Johnson & Johnson as the 8th-largest company in the world, and the single largest healthcare company in the world.
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