Ethicon Suture Recall
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whholmes

Lexington, KY

#1 Jun 8, 2009
Earlier this year Ethicon "voluntarily" recalled some 1.7 million surgical sutures citing uncertainty that the product is sterile! Every decade it seems J&J has a huge recall involving its dissolving suture line. This recall involves a large number of suture types that are used in general surgery. Already a couple of reports have gone to the FDA reorting infections with suture lots that are covered in the recall. One hopes J&J acts vigorously to keep this product from surgical use.
eric

Boulder, CO

#2 Aug 3, 2009
People have been dying and getting maimed from these infected sutures (2.7 million assumed to be used on patients since 1994) This is not a new story, just a lame attempt, a guise to make it look like Ethicon really cares...we're talking 15 years here, and basicaly nothing was done in that period of time. This garbage is still being used in medical facilities today?????? My daughter almost lost a leg due to staph after a simple walk in walk out corrective surgery for her knee.(winter of 2009)
This "Ethicon" story (I love the name) could have been pulled directly from the pages of the 60's sci-fi book 'The Sheep Look Up' by John Brenner.

“God Loves You!”

Since: Sep 08

Miami Beach, Florida

#4 Aug 9, 2009
Ethicon's unsterilized Vicryl Sutures are not the only J&J products causing havoc. Their Prolene mesh causes horrible complications even when sterilized.

Death by bleedout, death from strangulation of the bowels, perforation of the bladder, male infertility, necrotizing fasciitis, inability to urinate, hernias, colostomies...just a few of the complications of the surgical implantation of Synthetic Surgical Mesh.

Synthetic Surgical Mesh is a very dangerous product being surgically implanted in millions of people every year. The manufacturers of these products know they cause serious permanent injury to patients, but continue to sell them as safe and effective.

The complications put patients permanently in the health care system, cost insurance companies millions and millions of dollars and create thousands of medical malpractice lawsuits.

What you won't see are thousands of product liability lawsuits. Why? It is an extremely complicated product most attorneys don't understand.

The First Annual Conference of Truth in Medicine, a patients advocacy organization, will clear up the confusion.

Truth in Medicine Incorporated has already had success by having the FDA issue a Public Health Notification warning of complications from the use of synthetic surgical mesh.

Our First Annual Conference on Sept 25-27, 2009 in Ft Lauderdale brings together an important group of health care decision makers, prominent doctors from major health care facilities, who are participating in the Conference and who support our cause.

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Meet the Attorneys!

8:00 – 11:30AM at the Renaissance Ft Lauderdale, FL

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Medical Device Manufacturers make billions and billions of dollars of profit annually. They profit while patients suffer debilitating, lifelong complications, doctors careers, reputations and livelihoods are put at serious risk, insurance companies pay out huge sums on medical claims and millions and millions of Americans then are forced to pay higher premiums for health insurance. "Surviving the Complications of Synthetic Surgical Mesh" is a must for any firm seeking the tools to win big when representing their "Mesh" Clients!! A very small investment for huge returns.

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wolf 99

AOL

#5 Aug 14, 2009
Ms. Lena Keeton,Help!!!!! Friday August 14,2009. Hello, I just found this thread about recall on the sutures by Johnson&Johnson. Do you know what ones are on that recall??? I have not been able to find out. I have had three prior surgeries all in the tension technique. Two C-Sections. In 1982&1987.Then 16 years later a Ventral Hernia, using the Mayo Tension Technique. the defect was closed using Ethibond sutures in interrupted manner. Now since July of 2008, needing new sugery for the recurrence of the Ventral Hernia. My medical records don't show any kind of UPC Code. I belief a hospital code??? Your help would be grateful. Thank You.
Lamentable

Beaufort, SC

#6 Aug 14, 2009
For suture recall info see http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cf... and related pages in FDA's Medical Device Re4call section
Doubtingthomas

Hillsborough, NJ

#7 Aug 14, 2009
I wish hand washing was mandatory everywhere, not just restaurants. Have you ever watched your doctor when he visits you in the hospital - does he wash after he saw your infected neighbor? Not many do - takes too much time and he gets paid based on volume of patients, not quality time spent. How many times do products get blamed because your doctor doesn't wash his hands or change his gloves? How about the doctors student helper - is he/ she really sterile?
wolf 99

AOL

#8 Aug 14, 2009
Lamentable wrote:
For suture recall info see http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cf... and related pages in FDA's Medical Device Re4call section
08/14/09 Friday. Hi Lamentable, Hey thanks for the recall FDA/MAUDE site. I aready have it. My problem is that, the surgery report that list all product codes is missing. I just got off the phone with the hospital back in Florida where the surgery was done. and the only thing I have is the patient and Op report. and the Op report has listed that ethibond sutures were used and the hospital code, which hospital says is to old to be cross reference over. Then the surgeon will not help. This surgery was a county indigent care emergency surgery. I had to quit work, with no health insurance, so had to be picked up with county help.

“God Loves You!”

Since: Sep 08

Miami Beach, Florida

#9 Aug 15, 2009
Doubtingthomas wrote:
I wish hand washing was mandatory everywhere, not just restaurants. Have you ever watched your doctor when he visits you in the hospital - does he wash after he saw your infected neighbor? Not many do - takes too much time and he gets paid based on volume of patients, not quality time spent. How many times do products get blamed because your doctor doesn't wash his hands or change his gloves? How about the doctors student helper - is he/ she really sterile?
Dear Doubtingthomas, You must work for J&J. Changing the subject...typical of J&J's borderline criminal activity....

quoted from Ethisphere. com....
Perhaps no problem faced by J & J was potentially more damaging than a death on April 2, 2004.
On that day, Zakiya Kennedy, an 18-year-old who dreamed of being a model, was waiting for a subway on the 42nd Street platform in midtown Manhattan when she fell down. After getting up, she approached a policeman complaining of a headache and leg pains. Within seconds the Berkeley College freshman collapsed
and died.

The tabloids of the nation’s largest city were ready to pounce on the story. At first the story was that she died due to being pushed by her boyfriend— who was quickly vilified.

However, the story took a less interesting turn when an autopsy revealed the cause of death was a blood clot, a pulmonary embolism, which is extremely rare in healthy 18 year-olds.

Later it was learned that the teenager had recently started using the Ortho Evra birth control patch manufactured by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical division of J & J. The teenager’s family began to speak out against the company, and soon a confidentially agreement and financial settlement was reached with them. At that point the story largely disappeared from public view

Yet this death was important as a tip of the proverbial iceberg—with persistent questions beginning to arise about potential misconduct by Johnson & Johnson around the design, launch and marketing of Ortho Evra patches.

As of December 31, 2006 more than 1,500 claimants were pursuing J & J over Ortho Evra. Claimants include a Texas woman paralyzed by a stroke just 12 days after initial use and the families of a 25-year-old mother of two who died of a heart attack after six weeks on the patch; a 14-year-old girl who died from a blood clot in her lower pelvis after just eight weeks; and a 25-year-old mother of three who died from a brain blood clot after two weeks on the patch.

If future researchers establish a link between Ortho Evra’s high doses of estrogen and increased rates of breast cancer, J & J would be headed into a financial and PR storm. But that’s the future. J & J is dealing with the here and now.
In the Internet age, news travels fast. Recognizing that, J & J designed a comprehensive online marketing campaign allegedly intended to make negative information on Ortho Evra harder to find.

According to internal documents unsealed by a New Jersey Superior Court this spring (over J & J protestations), the company was in the process of buying (or planning to buy) all the top keyword positions for related searches online, as well as intending to create an “unbranded website” seemingly unaffiliated with J & J. With “search engine optimization” strategies, J & J hoped to have this unbranded website show up as second most popular behind the official Ortho Evra site, thereby covertly getting its message out.
J & J also bought approximately 100 dubious URL names such as: deathpatch. com, badevra. com, the Patchkills .com, ThePatchTruth .org; and patchsucks. com.
wolf 99

AOL

#10 Aug 15, 2009
Not to change the topic. Why isn't anything being done, as to why so many defective products are on the market. Who watches over the FDA to make sure products are safe before being patent. How long are different products checked for side efects, rather it be medical device or medical drugs tested for defects or side effects before marketing..It just seems any more, you turn TV on and their is a recall or law suit for defective products.. With this being said, is not this not part of why our heaalth care is in the shambles it's in??? Just like all this hernia mesh and how people are becoming disabled from it.

“God Loves You!”

Since: Sep 08

Miami Beach, Florida

#11 Aug 16, 2009
wolf 99 wrote:
Not to change the topic. Why isn't anything being done, as to why so many defective products are on the market. Who watches over the FDA to make sure products are safe before being patent. How long are different products checked for side efects, rather it be medical device or medical drugs tested for defects or side effects before marketing..It just seems any more, you turn TV on and their is a recall or law suit for defective products.. With this being said, is not this not part of why our heaalth care is in the shambles it's in??? Just like all this hernia mesh and how people are becoming disabled from it.
Dear Wolf 99,

Synthetic Surgical Mesh is "approved" through the FDA's 510 (k) Pre-Market Notification submission process.

NO HUMAN CLINICAL TRIALS ARE REQUIRED.

NO PROOF OF THE SAFETY OR EFFICACY (THAT IT WORKS) ARE REQUIRED.

They simply state the product is 'SUBSTANTIALLY EQUIVALENT" to a product being sold before the 1976 Medical Device Amendment Act.

The FDA's Pre-market Approval process requires a lengthy process.

Normally it takes the FDA 20 hours of time spent by employees to approve a 510 (k) PMN product...the Pre-Market Approval (PMA) process takes 1200 hours of their time.

AMERICANS DO NOT KNOW THIS INEQUALITY OF APPROVAL EXISTS.

We all believe "FDA Approved" means it is safe.

IT DOES NOT!

There is no differentiation on packaging at any level anywhere which shows if the product has been approve through the PMN or the PMA process.

SUTURES ARE THE PRODUCT MESH IS SUPPOSED TO BE "SUBSTANTIALLY EQUIVALENT" TO. RIDICULOUS TO ME!

WE ARE ALL HUMAN GUINEA PIGS!

THE FDA PROCESS NEEDS TO BE CHANGED...NOT THE WHOLE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM!

Hope this clears it up for you...God bless, Lana

p.s. write to me at truthinmedicine @ bellsouth. net to join Medical Mesh, a yahoo health group where patients help patients to find solutions...
wolf 99

AOL

#12 Aug 16, 2009
Lana Keeton wrote:
<quoted text>
Dear Wolf 99,
Synthetic Surgical Mesh is "approved" through the FDA's 510 (k) Pre-Market Notification submission process.
NO HUMAN CLINICAL TRIALS ARE REQUIRED.
NO PROOF OF THE SAFETY OR EFFICACY (THAT IT WORKS) ARE REQUIRED.
They simply state the product is 'SUBSTANTIALLY EQUIVALENT" to a product being sold before the 1976 Medical Device Amendment Act.
The FDA's Pre-market Approval process requires a lengthy process.
Normally it takes the FDA 20 hours of time spent by employees to approve a 510 (k) PMN product...the Pre-Market Approval (PMA) process takes 1200 hours of their time.
AMERICANS DO NOT KNOW THIS INEQUALITY OF APPROVAL EXISTS.
We all believe "FDA Approved" means it is safe.
IT DOES NOT!
There is no differentiation on packaging at any level anywhere which shows if the product has been approve through the PMN or the PMA process.
SUTURES ARE THE PRODUCT MESH IS SUPPOSED TO BE "SUBSTANTIALLY EQUIVALENT" TO. RIDICULOUS TO ME!
WE ARE ALL HUMAN GUINEA PIGS!
THE FDA PROCESS NEEDS TO BE CHANGED...NOT THE WHOLE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM!
Hope this clears it up for you...God bless, Lana
p.s. write to me at truthinmedicine @ bellsouth. net to join Medical Mesh, a yahoo health group where patients help patients to find solutions...
Sunday08/16/09.2:36pm c-time. Dera Lana Keeton. Thank you for your timeand kindly your answers. The more I read and researsh about meshes and sutures the scarier it gets.. I don't have mesh in me at this time. First Ventral Hernia was with entrapment in 2003. Repaired with tension technique of Mayo vest over pants.Their is 2 prior c-sections , Which on one hand I don't have the mesh problems. but yet I have recurrence of the Ventral Hernia. In researching this morning, I found this tid bit of hernia cost. This was dated: 10/14/2008 Ventral Hernia Repair marked to grow to over $800 million in 2013. This was on the Bio-Medicine. Now you tell me who's making the buck's?????? This was dated 10/2008. Isn't that something. web site: www.bio.medicine.org/medicine-news-1/Ventral-...
wolf 99

AOL

#13 Aug 16, 2009
Lora

Loveland, CO

#15 Nov 14, 2009
I just read your post. I am looking for people affected by the recalled sutures. If you go to fda. you will find info. I learned earlier if you read the left side click where it will let you search by company. Ethicon has a ton of recalls but you won't find them unless you go through the company name.If you have problems from recalled sutures I would love to hear from you.
wolf 99 wrote:
Ms. Lena Keeton,Help!!!!! Friday August 14,2009. Hello, I just found this thread about recall on the sutures by Johnson&Johnson. Do you know what ones are on that recall??? I have not been able to find out. I have had three prior surgeries all in the tension technique. Two C-Sections. In 1982&1987.Then 16 years later a Ventral Hernia, using the Mayo Tension Technique. the defect was closed using Ethibond sutures in interrupted manner. Now since July of 2008, needing new sugery for the recurrence of the Ventral Hernia. My medical records don't show any kind of UPC Code. I belief a hospital code??? Your help would be grateful. Thank You.
Jaye

AOL

#16 Nov 19, 2009
I don't know if my sutures are on the recall list but I am having a hell of a time with them. It's been almost 2 years and they are still passing thru my flesh, causing infection and bleeding. I was told they were supposed to dissolve but apparently they aren't. Lora it says you're in Denver, me too.
Lora

Loveland, CO

#17 Nov 19, 2009
If you want to email me about this I can share with you more of what is going on. You are about to run out of time legally my email is [email protected] Hope to here from you soon;
Thank's Lora
Jaye wrote:
I don't know if my sutures are on the recall list but I am having a hell of a time with them. It's been almost 2 years and they are still passing thru my flesh, causing infection and bleeding. I was told they were supposed to dissolve but apparently they aren't. Lora it says you're in Denver, me too.
Lora

Loveland, CO

#18 Nov 19, 2009
I am still learning the system of Topix.
I added to yours. I asked you to email me.
The email is jgreen [email protected] Thank you,
lora
Jaye

AOL

#19 Nov 19, 2009
Lora, I sent. Please check your junk mail :)
Lora wrote:
I am still learning the system of Topix.
I added to yours. I asked you to email me.
The email is jgreen [email protected] Thank you,
lora
Finally better

Metairie, LA

#20 Feb 13, 2010
I had a c section in June 2009. 1 week later my incission began to open up an I was in terrible pain. My OB said to keep it clean and he put me on anitbiotics to prevent infection. Well to make a very long story short, I lived in pain for 6 month and after repeated visits to my doctor I went to a surgeon at another hospital who decided to do exploritory surgery on me so see what was causing my pain. Well come to find out I had a suture abcess and those sutures were full of staph. As a result I got a staph infection and had to have a second surgery to clean it all out. My laywer seems to think I may have a case.
lora

United States

#21 Feb 14, 2010
I have responded before.Now an update. I had my third surgery as a result of my first one. The sutures were used in Oct. 08. The recall came in Feb. 09. The hospital dose not have the numbers cause they don't keep track. I have notified the FDA and Ethicon. I am trying to work with them. Don't know how if will go. No one wants the responsibility. I too had a severe staff infection six months after the fact. The sutures did not dissolve properly. For me my life will never be the same. If any one here's of a civil suit I would be interested.
Finally better

Metairie, LA

#22 Feb 16, 2010
Anything my lawyer does unfortunately will be on behalf of myself. You really need to find a seasoned malpractice attorney to handle your case, most will take it probono. I was diagnosed with a foreign body via ultrasound and that foreign body was the undissolved sutures. I lived in pain for 6 months before they were surgically removed from me and then I got a secondary staph infection caused by the sutures they removed because they were full of staph. As a result I was in the hospital for 3 days, had to have a drain put in and had a nurse come to my house for 3 weeks to take care of me!! I have had 3 prior c sections but this was the only time I got sick because of the sutures. There was a vycryl suture recall 1 month before I had my child. The only other thing that may have caused to sutures to fail is if they were tied off wrong then thats a whole different ball game. I have a very very seasoned lawyer therefore I am hoping he can make a case. In my state you only have a year and a day to file a lawsuit from the date of my original surgery... a.k.a. when I had my c section so my lawyer is acting fast cause i'm running out of time.

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