The New England Journal of Medicine is asking a judge in Massachusetts to reconsider an order requiring it to hand over data from a Prolift study some Ethicon transvaginal mesh lawsuit plaintiffs say was heavily influenced by the company.

According to a New Jersey Law Journal report, the medical journal requested on April 18th that a Superior Court judge reverse her decision to not quash subpoenas for communications between editors and the author of an article related to the company’s Prolift mesh system. The subpoenas were sought by plaintiffs who have filed transvaginal mesh lawsuits in a litigation underway in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court.

Journal Readers Not Warned of Prolift Dangers, Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Plaintiffs Say

The order was originally filed on April 9th after plaintiffs in Ethicon-related cases accused the publication of failing to adequately disclose the amount of influence the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary had over research that was originally published in May 2011. According to transvaginal mesh claimants in New Jersey, Ethicon paid $750,000 to the study’s author, among other incentives that may have aided in the concealment of certain complications associated with the Prolift, which may require a woman to undergo corrective surgery. The study was led by a Danish doctor who also reviewed a draft version of the research before it went to print, and made corrections, plaintiffs allege.

Despite Ethicon’s co-sponsorship of the research, the Journal published a disclosure with the article that the company had “no involvement in the study design, data collection, and analysis, the writing of the manuscript or the decision to submit the results for publication.”

Plaintiffs now claim that they were not adequately warned by Ethicon about the implant’s potential to erode and cause chronic pain, pain during sexual intercourse, organ damage and other injuries. These side effects are listed in the thousands of complaints now filed over Prolift and other products sold as part of Ethicon’s Gynecare product line.

At the federal court level, a total of 14,679 lawsuits against Ethicon have now been consolidated in a proceeding underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia by plaintiffs involved in similar actions over the company’s implants.

Filing an Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

Contact an attorney at our Firm today to learn more about Ethicon transvaginal mesh lawsuits, and whether you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Claims against the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary seek compensation for damages allegedly caused by the Prolift and other mesh implants.

Published April 23, 2014 by