The Honorable Judge Richard Story, who is presiding over multidistrict litigation involving the Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh, recently issued an order that provides guidelines for attorneys representing the plaintiffs who have suffered severe, and in some cases, permanent injury because of the device's failure.
On April 10, fifty-five of the nearly 100 plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits against medical device manufacturers C.R. Bard, Davol Inc., and BD Medical Technology filed a petition asking the court to centralize all cases into multidistrict litigation (MDL). In the filing, they specifically requested that the cases be heard before a U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri or Ohio's Southern District.
In 2011, Covidien, a subsidiary of Medtronic, touted its ParietexTM Composite Ventral Patch as a “clinically proven collagen film technology to minimize visceral attachment...designed for optimal abdominal wall conformability in umbilical and small ventral hernia repair.” Six years later, a patient who had receive
As the late baseball legend Yogi Berra reportedly said, “It's déjà vu all over again.”
On August 1st, the Honorable Judge Richard Story of the Northern District of Georgia began the process that will hopefully hold medical device manufacturer Ethicon to account for the manufacture of a device it allegedly knew was defective in design.
As knowledge about the problems with the hernia mesh becomes more widespread, an increasing number of patients facing hernia surgery are doing their own due diligence and asking their surgeons about different solutions. The fact is that there are alternatives to the hernia mesh. Why aren't these alternatives more widely known?