October 22, 2016 8:11 AM ET

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Company Overview of Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.

Company Overview

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets medical devices for minimally invasive and open surgical procedures worldwide. It provides access devices, such as trocars, insufflation needles, and hand assisted and single site laparoscopy devices; clip appliers, including endoscopic rotating multiple clip appliers, open ligation products, and multi-patient use single-clip appliers; and specimen retrieval bags, suturing devices, endoscopic hand instruments, electrosurgical and irrigation products, laparoscopic bipolar forceps, and uterine manipulators. The company offers energy devices, such as curved and long curved shears, blades, open shears, jaw tissue sealers, and curved ...

4545 Creek Road

Cincinnati, OH 45242-2839

United States

Founded in 1992





Key Executives for Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.

Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. Key Developments

MegadMegadyne Medical Products Announces Collaboration Agreement with Ethicon Endo-Surgery

Megadyne Medical Products entered into a collaboration agreement with Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. Megadyne and Ethicon will now offer contracting solutions for customers in the U.S. that will increase both choice and access to a broad energy portfolio across multiple energy platforms. The combined portfolio includes monopolar and standard bipolar from Megadyne and advanced bipolar and ultrasonic energy from Ethicon. This new venture offers both Megadyne and Ethicon customers a broadened variety of energy solutions to simplify their inventory management, as well as increased value through flexible contracting solutions, capital trade-out programs, product and supplier standardization and environmentally friendly solutions.

Alexander Law Group, LLP Wins $9.8 Million Judgment Against Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems

Alexander Law Group, LLP announced that it has won a $9.8 million judgment against Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems for injuries to its client caused by a defective Ethicon PPH 03 hemorrhoid stapler. There was no offer of settlement. The plaintiffs alleged, and the Alameda County Superior Court jury agreed, that during surgery on the plaintiff in January, 2012, the defective stapler misfired, sealing the client’s anal canal shut, leading her to suffer 21 days of emergency hospitalization, massive infection and major abdominal surgeries that resulted in a full laparotomy and a colostomy. The primary plaintiff, Florence Kuhlmann, a retired San Jose police officer, continues to be plagued by external and internal scarring, continues to struggle with a deformed bowel, has been forced to wear a colostomy bag for the past four years and has had multiple medical procedures attempting to restore her damaged bowel and anal canal. Her husband, Dr. John Perkins, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory research scientist, was the other plaintiff. The Ethicon PPH03 is used to allow general surgeons to perform a procedure known as a hemorrhoidoplexy that is not as drastic as a hemorrhoidectomy, which must be performed by a colorectal surgeon. Basically, the dangling hemorrhoids are pushed back up into the anus by the device, stapled against the rectal wall and then the excess hemorrhoidal tissues are cut above the staples by a circular knife in the device. The jury found that the force to fire the stapler was in excess of its specifications and was caused by a defective manufacturing procedure that reduced the lubrication applied to the PPH 03, a defect which was known by Ethicon for more than 10 years before the product was recalled. Rather than changing the design and manufacturing process, Ethicon maliciously blamed the surgeons using the device when they reported repeated malfunctions. During the procedure on the plaintiff, the surgeon, Dr. Rakhee Shah who was also a party to the lawsuit, inserted the PPH 03 and had difficulty firing it because of the lubrication defect. Not being able to remove the device, she fired it again, sealing the plaintiff’s rectal wall shut. The jury found Dr. Shah blameless because Ethicon and J&J Healthcare Systems never warned its customers that there were years of complaints from surgeons who used the device. Eventually, Ethicon was forced to recall 144,693 PPH 03 units sold between 2011 and 2012 because of this dangerous defect. The stapler used on the plaintiff was from one of the lots later recalled. The jury awarded the plaintiff and her husband $8.5 and $1.3 million respectively for past and future medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, embarrassment, humiliation and disfigurement.

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