Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are currently facing hundreds of lawsuits over its Gynecare Gynemesh, Prolift, Prolift + M, TVT Secur and Prosima surgical mesh devices
Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 26, 2012
Gilman Law LLP is urging any woman injured by a transvaginal mesh device used in the surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) to seek legal counsel immediately. Litigation pending in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, and in Superior Court of New Jersey, Atlantic County (Master Docket No. No. 6341-10) involving transvaginal mesh products marketed by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division has already reached a important milestone, as depositions of key Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson executives has begun. These transvaginal mesh lawsuits are moving forward quickly, and potential plaintiffs may forfeit their rights to compensation if they fail to file suit before the statute of limitations on their case expires.
According to Gilman Law LLP, testimony obtained from Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon executives may provide crucial evidence to back up claims brought by plaintiffs that the companies’ transvaginal mesh products were defectively designed, resulting in severe and permanent bodily injuries. Individuals ordered to be deposed include Alex Gorsky, Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson; Gary Pruden, Company Group Chairman and Worldwide Franchise Chairman for Ethicon; and Sheri McCoy, Former Vice Chairman of Johnson & Johnson.
Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are currently facing hundreds of lawsuits over its Gynecare Gynemesh, Prolift, Prolift+ M, TVT Secur and Prosima surgical mesh devices. In June, Ethicon informed the judge overseeing the federal litigation in West Virginia that it would stop marketing the Gynecare Prolift, Prolift+ M, TVT Secur and Prosima surgical mesh devices. The Gynecare Gynemesh device will remain on the market, but its use will be restricted to abdominal surgeries only. The company maintains its decision was not related to the safety or efficacy of its transvaginal mesh products.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health notification in October 2008 to the medical community that transvaginal placement of surgical mesh devices could lead to potentially serious complications including erosion of the material, infection, pain, urinary complications, and recurrence of prolapse or incontinence. The warning was issued after the agency received more than 1,000 reports of complications related to the use of the devices. In July 2011, the FDA further warned, among other things, that “serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP are not rare.” This was a change from what the FDA previously reported in October 2008. When the 2011 alert was issued, the FDA had received an additional 1,503 reports of transvaginal mesh complications associated with POP repairs and an additional 1,371 reports associated with SUI repairs. The most common side effects reported to the FDA included erosion through the vaginal tissue, pain, infection, bleeding, pain during intercourse, organ perforation during placement and urinary problems.
Gilman Law LLP continues to provide free legal consultations to victims of transvaginal mesh injuries. Statues of limitations for filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits may soon expire in some states, and could jeopardize plaintiffs’ ability to recover any compensation from the makers of these devices. For a free transvaginal mesh lawsuit consultation, please contact Gilman Law LLP by visiting Gilmanlawllp.com, or call Toll Free at 1-888-252-0048.
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