Ethicon Gynecare Mesh

Published on June 4, 2013 by Laurie Villanueva

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Ethicon Inc., a unit of Johnson & Johnson, has been named in thousands of mesh lawsuits over its Gynecare mesh products. The Gynecare mesh line encompasses a number of transvaginal mesh products used in the surgical treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, including:

  • Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Mesh
  • Gynecare Prosima Pelvic Mesh
  • Gynecare Gynemesh
  • Ethicon Prolene Mesh
  • Gynecare TVT Sling

The attorneys of Bernstein Liebhard LLP are already representing numerous women in Gynecare mesh lawsuits, with one of our partners playing a leading role in Ethicon mesh litigations at both the state and federal levels. If you or a woman in your life was injured by a Gynecare vaginal mesh device, we urge you to contact our Firm today to learn more about the possible legal avenues for obtaining compensation.

Gynecare Mesh Products

ethicon gynecare meshGynecare mesh products were some of the first transvaginal mesh devices introduced in the U.S. for treating pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Like other vaginal mesh products of this type, they were approved under the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) 510(k) approval process. This streamlined system allows medical devices to come to market without any human testing if they are shown to be similar in design to other products previously approved by the FDA. Thus, the high rate of complications associated with Gynecare and similar pelvic mesh products did not become apparent until July 2011, when the FDA warned it had received thousands of reports of injuries in woman implanted with the devices.

Ethicon’s Gynecare mesh product line includes:

  • Gynecare Gynemesh: Gynemesh was first introduced in 2002, and may also be referred to as Gynecare GynemeshPS, nonabsorbable Prolene Soft Mesh.
  • Gynecare Prolift:  Introduced in 2005, the FDA faulted Ethicon in 2008 for selling Gynecare Prolift mesh without proper agency approval.  Ethicon introduced Gynecare Prolift+M variations in May 2008.
  • Gynecare TVT Sling: These Gynecare mesh products are used to treat incontinence, and are available in a number of variations including the TVT Obturator System (TVT-O), TVT Secure System (TVT-S), TVT Retropublic System, TVT Exact and TVT Abbrevo.
  • Ethicon Prolene Mesh: Ethicon Prolene Mesh was originally marketed for hernia repair; however it has also been used for vaginal surgery.
  • Gynecare Prosima Pelvic Mesh:  The Gynecare Prosima Kit is a mini bladder sling that uses a tiny, inflated balloon to support organs after surgery.  The balloon is removed 24 hours after the procedure.

In June 2012, Ethicon announced it would end sales of several Gynemesh products, including Gynecare TVT Secur system, Gynecare Prosima, Gynecare Prolift and Gynecare Prolift + M.  However, the company stated the move did not constitute a Gynecare recall, and was done for commercial reasons rather than safety concerns.

Contact a Leading Gynecare Mesh Lawyer for Help Today

One of Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s partner attorneys has been named Co-Liaison Counsel in the Ethicon Gynecare mesh litigation now underway in New Jersey Superior Court, and is also serving on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the federal Ethicon litigation in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. In March 2013, this same partner served on the Plaintiff’s trial team in the nation’s first Ethicon mesh trial, which ended with more than $11 million being awarded to a woman implanted with Gynecare Prolift devices

If you were harmed by any of the above-mentioned products, it is vital to retain an experienced Gynecare mesh lawyer to ensure your claim is handled fairly. Our Firm continues to offer free lawsuit consultations to victims of Gynecare Mesh complications. To learn how our attorneys can help you navigate this complex legal process, please call today.