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Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Bellwether Trials to Start in 2012

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The first of nearly 350 Ethicon Gynecare mesh lawsuits that were centralized in New Jersey Superior Court under Judge Carol E. Higbee, are set to be heard in November 2012. The order issued by Higbee also states that preliminary discovery for the early bellwether trials must be completed by March 30, and deposition of expert witnesses should be finished by October 5.

The lawsuits were filed on behalf of women who received pelvic mesh products manufactured by Ethicon, including the Gynecare Gynemesh, Gynecare Prolene mesh, the Gynecare Prolife mesh, and the Gynecare TVT sling. These products were used to support organs such as the uterus, rectum, vagina, bladder or bowel, when the supporting tissues weakened and could no longer hold the organs in place. Plaintiffs allege that Johnson & Johnson, and their subsidiary Ethicon knew the mesh products were dangerous when used to treat female urinary stress incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, yet the companies continued to make and sell them.

The lawsuits claim the companies manufactured a defective product,  and failed to warn consumers about the risk or serious and debilitating problems, which include serious pain, infections, erosion of the mesh, and urinary and bowel problems.
The FDA issued a warning this year regarding transvaginal mesh products, stating that the mesh, when used as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse, does not provide any significant benefit over other less risky treatments. disclaimer: This article: Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Bellwether Trials to Start in 2012 was posted on Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 9:59 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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