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Trial to Start in Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch MDL

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Five years after it was recalled, the first lawsuit involving the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch is set to go to trial. Just over 1,500 Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch lawsuits are currently pending in a multidistrict litigation in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island.

The first trial in the multidistrict litigation will involve a lawsuit filed by John Whitfield of Missouri. Whitfield was implanted with the Kugel patch in 2004. His suit alleges that some of the rings broke under stress, and traveled through his body. As a result, Whitfield suffered a bowel obstruction, and had to have 22 cm of his intestine removed.

The Whitfield lawsuit is considered to be representative of the hundreds of cases pending in the multidistrict litigation. It is considered a bellwether, or test case, and could set a standard for other cases in the litigation.

When it was first introduced, the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch was heralded as an innovation in hernia treatment. Unfortunately, by 2005, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) was receiving more and more reports of failure with the Kugel Patch. The reports were so alarming that the FDA issued a Class I recall of the Bard Composix Kugel Mesh X-Large Patch. By February 2007, the Kugel Patch recall had been expanded twice to several other sizes of the device.

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