At the Blackwell Law Firm website we have a section called Hot Topics. That section provides news and research related to current legal issues. Many of these issues involve injury from bad drugs or dangerous medical devices. Among those topics — two hernia mesh products. These are Ethicon’s Physiomesh and Atrium’s C-Qur mesh. We are currently investigating injuries by Alabama patients which may be associated with these two products.
Injury cases involving Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh continue to progress in Federal Court. In December 2016, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated the Atrium C-Qur cases filed in Federal Courts across the United States. District Court Judge Landya McCafferty in the District of New Hampshire will now handle case discovery and other pretrial matters. Currently, only a couple dozen injured patients have filed cases. But, many more filings are expected now that the litigation has been consolidated.
Judge McCafferty has issued pretrial orders since being assigned these claims. These include a Case Management Order appointing lawyers to coordinate and manage discovery on behalf of the various injured plaintiffs. These also include an Order involving the preservation of materials from Atrium C-Qur surgeries which could be used as evidence.
As we discussed in the Hot Topics section of our firm website, Atrium’s C-Qur mesh is different than other mesh products. While the product is a polypropylene mesh, it also has an outer coating of gel made from Omega 3 fatty acids (like fish oil). The gel coating was intended to reduce scar tissue formation. Yet, patients suffering problems following the implant allege this coating actually causes severe complications. These complications include inflammatory responses, infections, adhesions and severe pain. Because the Atrium C-Qur mesh received approval through the FDA’s controversial 510(k) process, we believe it may lack sufficient research and study.
For more information, read our Hot Topics section. Also, we are available for consultation concerning your potential injuries.