Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update: Company’s Medical Director Admits Knowledge of Mesh Failure, Rottenstein Law Group Reports
WEBWIRE – Friday, January 18, 2013
As one of the first trials for a Gynecare Prolift vaginal mesh lawsuit progresses in Atlantic City, N.J., the Rottenstein Law Group reports on updates regarding Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon’s admission that the company knew the vaginal mesh had serious problems before it even went to market, according to court documents.
Dr. Piet Hinoul, a worldwide medical director for Ethicon, was among those testifying in the trial (Gross v. Gynecare Inc., Atl-L-6966-10, Superior Court of Atlantic County, New Jersey) on Jan. 16. He said Ethicon was already looking to develop a safer mesh even before the Prolift went to market in the United States in 2005, according to a record of Hinoul’s testimony. Linda Gross, 47, of South Dakota, is suing Ethicon, alleging that the Prolift has caused her constant pain and resulted in 18 subsequent operations, according to Bloomberg.
In his testimony, Hinoul admitted that Ethicon’s key opinion leaders and transvaginal mesh developers were telling the company as early as 2004 that the mesh used in the Prolift was too heavy, needed larger pores, was causing too much bridging fibrosis and was prone to shrinkage and contraction. The side effects that can result from these problems include pain with sex, loss of sexual function and high rates of erosion. Hinoul testified that Ethicon knew of these painful side effects before the Prolift was released.