Medical Journal Fails to Produce Data in Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit


According to a New Jersey Law Journal report, the New England Journal of Medicine is requesting a Massachusetts judge to reexamine an order in which it is required to submit figures from a study involving the Prolift vaginal mesh implant that several plaintiffs filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits claim was heavily influenced by the manufacturer.

On April 18, 2014, a Super Court judge reversed her decision to not reject subpoenas for communications between the author of an article related to the manufacturer’s Prolift transvaginal mesh system and the editors. The plaintiffs had sought the subpoenas for pending transvaginal mesh lawsuits in a litigation currently proceeding in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Plaintiffs Unaware of Dangers

Plaintiffs originally filed the order on April 9, 2014 after accusing the publication of failing to adequately disclose the amount of influence that the subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson had over research that was initially published in May 2011. According to plaintiffs in New Jersey, the study’s author received $750,000 from Ethicon, among other incentives, that may have helped to conceal specific complications that could arise from use of the Prolift system. Plaintiffs also allege that the study was led by a Danish physician who made corrections to the study in a draft version of the research before it was printed.

While Ethicon had co-sponsored the research, a disclosure was published with the article in which the Journal stated that it had no involvement in the data collection, study design or analysis of the research as well as the decision to submit the results to be published or the writing of the manuscript itself.

However, plaintiffs now allege that they were not adequately warned by the manufacturer regarding the transvaginal mesh implant’s potential to erode and cause organ damage, pain during sexual intercourse, chronic pain and other severe injuries. These side effects are now acknowledged in the thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed over Prolift and other products marketed within Ethicon’s Gynecare line.

According to court documents, a total of 14,679 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in federal courts and have been consolidated into a proceeding progressing in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia by plaintiffs involved in similar actions over Ethicon’s transvaginal mesh implants.

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If you feel as though you were a victim of a failed transvaginal mesh implant, Bernstein Liebhard LLP can help you to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit and recover damages for your injuries. We will provide you with a free case evaluation and help you to determine if you have a valid claim. We can file your transvaginal mesh and assist you in seeking the compensation to which you are entitled. To get started, please fill out the case evaluation form on this page or call us today at (888) 217-3033.

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