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First Ethicon Gynecare Prolift Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Goes to Trial

By Christina Drury


Gynecare Proflift vaginal mesh implantMonday, January 7, 2013 saw the first of over 1,800 New Jersey vaginal mesh lawsuits go to trial. This first lawsuit names Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, as the defendants and alleges that the plaintiff suffered vaginal mesh failure and other complications from the implanted device. She claims the complications she suffered were a direct result of the company’s Gynecare Prolift vaginal mesh implant. All lawsuits in the New Jersey area that are seeking damages for complications from the Gynecare mesh implant were consolidated together in Atlantic City in September of 2010.

Multiple Vaginal Mesh Problems Result in Lawsuits

As of 2010, there were approximately 60 women who had sought legal advice and assistance from lawyers specializing in vaginal mesh lawsuits. Each woman filed a lawsuit alleging they suffered severe complications from the Gynecare Prolift. The complications that were listed in the vaginal mesh implant lawsuits included:

  • Bleeding
  • Infections
  • Mesh Erosion
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Urinary Problems

A study published August 2010 in the medical publication Journal of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists revealed that the Gynecare Prolift vaginal mesh implant was experiencing a high rate of mesh erosion with little to no improvement in the rate of success in curing the patient’s condition. In July of 2011, the FDA issued a warning to the public about the potentially serious side effects that transvaginal mesh implants could cause. The FDA also said vaginal mesh products do not provide any advantage over more conventional surgical procedures that are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse.

Ethicon Stops Commercialization of Implants

After several complaints and lawsuits filed against them for vaginal mesh implant side effects, Johnson & Johnson announced that Ethicon would be removing several of the Gynecare Prolift devices from the medical market in June of 2012. Earlier that same month, the lawyers representing Ethicon sent notices to Southern District of West Virginia Judge Joseph R. Goodwin and New Jersey Superior Court Judge Carol E. Higbee to inform them that they planned to stop the commercialization of the following vaginal mesh implants:

  • Gynecare Prolift
  • Prolift+M
  • Prosima
  • TVT Secur

Johnson & Johnson did not admit to any defects nor did they offer any sort of reimbursement to customers. There was no recall on any of their products; they simply stopped making them. J&J claimed that their decision to pull the products was out of commercial concern. This decision to cease making these products saved the company from having to complete further testing as requested by the FDA.

How to Seek Compensation

If you or someone you know received a transvaginal mesh implant or bladder sling and suffered from any severe complication as a result, you may be eligible to receive compensation. For legal advice and more information, please visit our Transvaginal Mesh, Vaginal Sling, Vaginal Mesh and Bladder Sling Class Action Lawsuit Investigation page. Depending on the severity of your side effects, you may receive compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering and more.


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Updated February 1st, 2013


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1 Comment

  • KALLI PATIDES February 5, 2013

    Please keep us informed..
    Thank you


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