Atrium Medical Corporation is a relatively new medical device manufacturer. It’s based in the U.S., but it sells critical care products worldwide. Atrium is well-known for its soft tissue and hernia repair products. It also makes coronary and peripheral stents and catheters. Atrium operates as a subsidiary of Maquet. Swedish medical technology company Getinge Group owns Maquet.
Atrium Medical Corporation makes popular products like C-QUR mesh. It also makes vascular grafts, local therapeutic infusion catheters and covered stents.
Atrium Medical had stop manufacturing some of these products while it made corrections. Other products were restricted. But people could still get them with a certificate of medical necessity form.
In early 2015, Atrium signed a Consent Decree with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The decree established a framework that provided assurances to the FDA that the company would complete necessary improvements to strengthen its quality management system.
In 2018, Atrium recalled 60 units of ProLite Mesh for improper labeling. And as of October 2020, the company faces 2,378 hernia mesh lawsuits for its C-QUR mesh.
Atrium Medical’s headquarters is in Merrimack, New Hampshire. Atrium develops over 2.7 million medical products each year. It distributes them to over 60 countries.
Atrium Medical started in 1981. It has operated as a subsidiary of Maquet Cardiovascular LLC since November 2011, according to Bloomberg.
Maquet has German roots dating back to 1838. Getinge Group acquired Macquet in 2000. Getinge is a Swedish company.
Getinge brought in about $2.6 billion in revenue in 2017. MPO Magazine ranked Getinge No. 25 out of the top 30 medical device companies.
Mattias Perjos is Getinge’s current president and CEO. Carl Bennett is the company’s current chairman.
Hernia Mesh and Other Products
Atrium develops products for cardiovascular disease, soft tissue repair and critical care management.
These products include artificial heart components, minimally invasive gastrointestinal devices, various catheters and stents, and soft tissue and hernia repair and support components.
The company also leads the market in chest drainage devices.
- C-Qur Mesh
- Polypropylene mesh with Omega 3 gel coating
- ProLoop Mesh Plug
- 3-dimensional plug
- ProLite Mesh
- 2-dimensional flexible mesh
- Clearway RX
- Therapeutic infusion catheter
- Xpress-Way RX
- Extraction catheter
- Drug eluting coronary stent system
- Balloon expandable covered stent
- Advanta V12
- Balloon expandable PTFE film covered stent
- 3-layer vascular grafts
Defective Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
Atrium is currently facing hundreds of lawsuits over its popular hernia repair meshes. Injured patients filing the lawsuits claim that the products are defective.
C-QUR Mesh Lawsuits
Patients injured after being implanted with Atrium’s C-QUR mesh are suing Atrium.
More than 2,378 C-QUR hernia mesh lawsuits are pending in New Hampshire federal court. Trials were originally expected to start in 2019, but they were moved to September 2020. In April 2020, Atrium requested that the trial date be moved to January 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Chronic inflammation or immune/allergic reactions
- Perforation of surrounding tissues
- Abdominal pain and bowel obstructions
- Internal tissue degradation caused by mesh erosion
- Other injuries caused by mesh failure or migration
- Second surgeries
ProLoop Polypropylene Mesh Lawsuits
A 2014 lawsuit blamed a man’s injuries on Atrium’s ProLoop polypropylene hernia repair mesh.
Juan Paredes of New Jersey filed the lawsuit against Atrium, Maquet and Getinge Group. He accused the hernia mesh manufacturers of designing a faulty device.
Paredes underwent a double inguinal hernia repair in 2011, according to his complaint. Doctors implanted Paredes with the device during the surgery. He had to have a second surgery in 2012 to have it removed.
- Shrinking, expanding, cracking and deforming
- Allergic reactions and chronic inflammation
- Organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Chronic pain
- Sexual dysfunction
Whistleblower Lawsuit Settlement
Atrium settled a whistleblower lawsuit in 2016 for $11.5 million.
Esther Grace Sullivan alleged that Atrium paid illegal kickbacks to doctors. He claimed the company paid doctors to promote the company’s iCast brand medical stents for use in patients’ arteries. The FDA had not approved that use.
Sullivan worked for Atrium from 2007 to 2012. He was a sales representative and territory business manager.
Atrium has recalled some of its products, including its problematic meshes. The FDA investigated the problems that initiated each mesh recall and recall of other products as well.
Product Recalled – C-QUR Edge Mesh (all sizes and shapes)
Reason for Recall – coated mesh can adhere to inner packaging liner with exposure to high humidity conditions
Product Recalled – Oasis Dry Suction Water Seal Chest Drain
Reason for Recall – missing o-ring
Product Recalled – ProLite Mesh (about 60 units)
Reason for Recall – improper labeling
Please seek the advice of a medical professional before making health care decisions.
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