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May/04

Counterfeit Surgical Implants


A company named Q-Med purchased what turned out to be a counterfeit ETHICON surgical mesh (a wire mesh implanted into the body to strengthen injured muscle wall).  At least 15 patients have the counterfeit mesh implanted in their bodies.  The FDA doubts whether the fake mesh is even sterile.  Story here.

Side-by-side comparison supplied by Ethicon to identify counterfeit mesh here.