Ethicon Official In Pa. Mesh Trial Defends Product's Safety

Law360, Philadelphia (December 7, 2015, 6:07 PM EST) -- A top engineer with a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary told a Philadelphia jury on Monday that safety concerns over a pelvic mesh implant blamed for untreatable injuries in an Indiana woman had been rigorously vetted before the product went to market in 2005.

After facing questions from a plaintiff's attorney on Friday, Ethicon Inc. research and development director Scott Ciarrocca testified that company officials and the product's developers had properly concluded that the Prolift pelvic mesh implant was a safe and effective way of treating organ prolapse in women.

"We felt that the benefits outweighed the risks," he said. "I think...

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