MemoryGel Breast Implants: Alleged Leaks & Dangers Spark Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson (J&J)August 30, 2017
Silicone MemoryGel breast implants are at the center of new litigation against Mentor Worldwide, LLC (Mentor), a division of J&J. These implants can allegedly leak, causing a range of painful, debilitating health complications. According to the plaintiffs in the MemoryGel breast implant lawsuits filed to date, Mentor:
- Failed to conduct the necessary safety tests for these implants
- Failed to warn physicians and the public about the risks associated with these silicone breast implants.
As these cases proceed – and as the alleged dangers of these implants become more widely publicized, some expect many more lawsuits from across the nation to follow.
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Brief Background: FDA Repeals Silicone Implant Ban, Requires Mentor to Conduct Safety Studies
In 2006, regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted a 14-year ban on silicone breast implants. At that time, the FDA had also issued Mentor a conditional pre-approval to make and sell their silicone MemoryGel implants. The condition for this approval was that Mentor complete six safety studies on its MemoryGel breast implants and submit the results to the FDA.
Three years after this pre-approval was granted, however, Mentor reported that it was unable to track nearly 1 in 3 participants in its studies.
Mentor’s MemoryGel Breast Implants: The Alleged Problems & Complications
The alleged problem with Mentor’s MemoryGel breast implants is the potential for leaking, which can reportedly release heavy metals and toxic, dangerous chemicals into the body. These leaks can allegedly occur via the silicone membrane or due to an implant rupture.
When this occurs, women may be at risk of developing a range of health complications, which reportedly include (but may not be limited to):
- Autoimmune diseases, including:
- Lupus (marked by chronic tissue inflammation)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (marked by chronic joint inflammation)
- Scleroderma (marked by a chronic hardening and thickening of the connective tissues)
- Sjogren’s Disease (marked by dry eyes and dry mouth)
- Fibromyalgia, a chronic disease marked by musculoskeletal pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle pains
- Severe fatigue
- Skin rash, usually the result of an allergic reaction.
Had Mentor completed the six FDA-required studies, the risk of leaking – and the associated complications listed above – would have been known, plaintiffs in California1 and Washington2 states are now contending. It remains to be seen how many other women will join these plaintiffs and seek financial recovery from Mentor for its alleged negligence.
As the pending MemoryGel implant lawsuits proceed – and if more women file similar cases against Mentor, we will bring you the latest updates regarding these cases in a future blog.
In the meantime, you are encouraged to contact the Amaro Law Firm if you or a loved one may have developed complications from Mentor’s MemoryGel breast implants.
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1: Mize v. Mentor Worldwide LLC, Case No. BC-649083
2: Ebrahimi vs. Mentor Worldwide LLC, Case No. 2:16-cv-07316