Ethicon Doctor Admits Knowing Prolift Mesh Might Retract & Cause Injuries, Rottenstein Law Group Reports
In New Jersey Superior Court the Ethicon doctor who was in charge when Ethiconís Gynecare Prolift vaginal mesh was first put on the market recently testified thatóbefore the productís launchóshe was concerned about the meshís capacity for erosion and retraction, and she was aware of the injures those complications could cause.
The witness, Dr. Charlotte Owens, served as the World Wide Director of Johnson & Johnsonís Ethicon unit and as the sole medical director for Gynecare from 2003 until 2005, the year Ethicon began marketing and selling the Gynecare Prolift, the mesh product that severely injured 47-year-old Linda Gross, the plaintiff in the case. (Gross v. Gynecare Inc., Atl-L-6966-10, Superior Court of Atlantic County, New Jersey). Dr. Owens testified that, before Ethicon put the Prolift on the market she was aware that the Prolift could erode and retract, and she believed that such erosion and retraction could cause a Prolift recipient to suffer nerve injuries and could render a Prolift recipient unable to enjoy sexual relations.
Despite this knowledge, the clinical expert report (CER) on the Prolift that Dr. Owens authored on Ethiconís behalf does not discuss the Proliftís potential for retraction or the injuries likely to result from that retraction, according to Dr. Owensís testimony.
The case in which Dr. Owens delivered this testimony is the first of 1,800 vaginal mesh lawsuits against Ethicon pending in New Jersey Superior Court to go to trial. As the representative of women who claim theyíve been harmed by vaginal mesh products, Rochelle Rottenstein, the Rottenstein Law Groupís principal, implores women who believe theyíve been hurt by these implants to call the Rottenstein Law Groupís offices for a free evaluation of their ability to file a lawsuit right away.
ď"Itís time medical device makers started putting patents ahead of profits,Ē Rottenstein says.
The Rottenstein Law Groupís Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Information Center at www.vaginalmeshlawsuitcenter.us describes all of the issues vaginal mesh patients face and explains their options.
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