January 9, 2017 — A lawsuit has been filed by a man from New Hampshire who blames the “biologically incompatible” fish oil coating on hernia mesh for causing major complications.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed on January 9, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for New Hampshire — In RE: James D. Brown, et al. v. Atrium Medical Corp. — Case No. 1:17-cv-00004.
Lawyers say Atrium knew about the risk of allergic reaction to fish oil, but did not tell the FDA and “recklessly disregarded human life by lying to physicians about the possible causes of the allergic reactions, resulting in significantly more severe injuries.”
The plaintiff, James Brown, is a 56 year-old man who was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia in December 2013. That same month, he had surgery and the hernia was repaired with C-QUR Hernia Mesh.
According to the lawsuit, Brown continued to experience pain several months after the surgery. In December 2015, he learned that C-QUR Mesh was causing complications and would require another surgery.
In January 2016, Brown underwent surgical removal of C-QUR Mesh. The surgeon reported a “foreign body giant cell reaction,” as well as fibrous scar-tissue embedded in the mesh, chronic pain, and other complications, according to the lawsuit.
Atrium Medical Corp. is facing around 15 lawsuits from people who were injured by inflammatory allergic reactions to C-QUR Mesh — the only type of hernia mesh that is coated in fish oil (Omega-3 fatty acid).
Lawyers say the fish oil coating can peel off or cause life-threatening reactions, especially in patients who are allergic to fish. They also say it requires a “dry” sterilization process that does not prevent infections. The company is also accused of “stealth recalls” for multiple types of mesh by simply halting production, rather than notifying patients or doctors about potential safety hazards.
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