Atrium C-Qur Lawsuits: Hernia Mesh Risks Spur Litigation

Atrium C-Qur Lawsuits: Hernia Mesh Risks Spur Litigation 2018-03-19T21:41:07+00:00
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The experienced team at Rosen Injury Lawyers is now investigating injury lawsuits on behalf of patients who received an Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh patch.

  • Chronic pain
  • Severe internal adhesions
  • Revision procedures

You may be eligible to secure financial compensation. To find more information on your legal options, contact our attorneys now for a free consultation.

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The experienced team at Rosen Injury Lawyers is now investigating injury lawsuits on behalf of patients who received an Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh patch.

  • Chronic pain
  • Severe internal adhesions
  • Revision procedures

You may be eligible to secure financial compensation. To find more information on your legal options, contact our attorneys now for a free consultation.

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Hundreds of patients have filed suit against Atrium Medical, saying the New Hampshire-based medical device manufacturer is responsible for a line of defective hernia mesh patches. Atrium's C-Qur mesh products, plaintiffs claim, can cause severe complications after implantation.

In their lawsuits, injured patients and their loved ones accuse Atrium of implementing an unsafe design without adequate testing. Their claims are now moving forward in a New Hampshire federal court, where federal lawsuits have been centralized as a Multi-District Litigation.

Atrium C-Qur Mesh Patients File Lawsuits

Atrium Medical, a subsidiary of the Swedish manufacturing interest Getinge Group, manufactures seven different mesh patches under its C-Qur brand name.

  • C-Qur Mesh
  • C-Qur Tacshield
  • C-Qur Mosaic
  • C-Qur CentriFX
  • C-Qur V-Patch
  • C-Qur FX

A seventh mesh patch, C-Qur Film, is used specifically to reduce the risk of adhesions in patients who have undergone abdominal or pelvic surgeries, but it's not available in the US.

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Plaintiffs Call C-Qur Patches Are "Defective"

Despite the different names and uses, all C-Qur patches feature the same fundamental design. And in their lawsuits, patients cite this underlying design as the source and cause of the hernia mesh complications they claim to have suffered.

Atrium's C-Qur product line was designed, according to its manufacturer, with a specific goal in mind. Patients who receive hernia mesh patches often develop internal adhesions. It's a relatively-common complication in which scar tissue begins to form around the mesh, attaching to internal organs and binding them together.

"Most adhesions are painless," according to the experts at WebMD's eMedicine Health, but in some patients, the surgical complication can lead to chronic pain, intestinal obstructions and other serious consequences. C-Qur hernia mesh patches were created to solve this problem, or, at least reduce the risk for internal adhesions.

Improper Materials & Real Patient Harm, Lawsuits Claim

Like most hernia mesh products, Atrium's patches are based on a simple woven patch of polypropylene, a synthetic polymer. Atrium's "innovation" was to coat this polypropylene mesh in Omega 3 fatty acids. A gel layer of Omega 3, derived from fish oil, Atrium claims, can reduce the risk for adhesions by providing a slick surface to rebuff the advance of scar tissue growth.

The problem, plaintiffs say, is that neither of these materials, polypropylene and fish oil, have any business being inside the human body.

Is Polypropylene Safe For Permanent Implantation?

In their lawsuits, injured patients cite a substantial body of medical evidence to suggest that polypropylene, the synthetic plastic in C-Qur mesh patches, is "biologically incompatible." It shouldn't be put in the human body, patients say, because it triggers severe immune system responses in a large proportion of the patient population.

That's especially true when the mesh is designed for permanent implantation, the plaintiffs continue, as many of Atrium's mesh patches are. The C-Qur CentriFX and C-Qur Mesh products, for example, are "non-absorbable." The mesh materials aren't absorbed by the patient's body tissues. Instead of disappearing over time, these mesh patches remain intact "indefinitely," the FDA reports, which is why non-absorbable mesh products are considered permanent implants.

Polypropylene isn't the right material for this application, plaintiffs claim. In fact, the very companies who supply Atrium with polypropylene, C-Qur lawsuits assert, have made it clear that polypropylene shouldn't be used to manufacture permanent implants. Yet Atrium used the polymer anyway, the patients say, failing to warn medical professionals and the public of the risks.

Fish Oil Creates Risk For Severe Allergic Reactions

Fish oil is another problem, the plaintiffs continue. As the lawsuits note, substances derived from fish "are considered to be commonly allergenic." And, while Atrium claims that the Omega 3 Fatty Acid formulations used to manufacture C-Qur patches is free of fish proteins, plaintiffs aren't convinced. "[Atrium] failed to adequately test, inspect and / or verify that each supplied batch of [Omega 3 Fatty Acid] was free from proteins."

That's a major issue, according to Atrium C-Qur lawsuits. By using untested Omega 3 Fatty Acids, plaintiffs claim, Atrium put unsuspecting patients at risk for severe allergic reactions, including immune system responses that could lead to "increased sensitivity and rashes to death."

C-Qur Lawsuits Consolidated In New Hampshire

Federal C-Qur lawsuits have been consolidated in the US District Court of New Hampshire, a federal court in the State capital Concord. As of March 2018, over 400 hernia mesh lawsuits are pending against Atrium Medical in the New Hampshire court. As a Multi-District Litigation, the claims are now moving through pre-trial proceedings as a group.

The Honorable Landya B. McCafferty has been tapped to preside over the litigation. In Concord, Judge McCafferty will guide motions practice and discovery, the phase of a civil suit in which evidence is gathered through depositions and subpoenas.

To improve the efficiency of litigation, a Plaintiffs' Executive Committee has been appointed. This group of select plaintiffs' attorneys have dedicated themselves to developing high-level legal strategies and structuring the discovery process. Their efforts will go to benefit all of the consolidated plaintiffs, while individual plaintiffs' lawyers continue to focus on the unique aspects of their clients' cases.

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Did you or a loved one suffer severe complications after being implanted with a C-Qur hernia mesh patch? Our experienced product liability attorneys are here to help. Some patients may be eligible to secure significant financial compensation by pursuing a hernia mesh lawsuit. To learn more about your legal options, contact our lawyers today for a free legal consultation.

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