Ethicon Echelon Flex Endopath Staplers Recall Lawsuit

Why Were The Echelon Flex Endopath Staplers Recalled?

Johnson & Johnson has issued a recall of its surgical staplers- Echelon Flex Endopath Staplers. This stapler, which is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division, was developed to cut and staple tissue back together simultaneously during procedures.  

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The device was recalled due to a defect in a part that caused the staples to improperly close incisions, leading to leakage and bleeding at these sites. Damage caused by the staples required additional surgery to repair these incisions.

Based on these serious defects in the Flex Endopath Staplers, the FDA has issued a Class I recall, the most serious recall category reserved for devices that cause significant risk of bodily harm or death.

Which Specific Staplers Were Recalled?

Recalled Echelon Flex Endopath Staplers:

  • Echelon Flex 60 Endopath Stapler, Articulating Endoscopic Linear Cutter (EC60A)
  • Echelon Flex 60 Powered Plus Compact Articulating Endoscopic Linear Cutter (PCEE60A)
  • Echelon Flex 60 Powered Plus Articulating Endoscopic Linear Cutter, 44cm Shaft Length (PLEE60A)
  • Echelon Flex 60 Powered Plus Articulating Endoscopic Linear Cutter, 34cm Shaft Length (PSEE60A)

Echelon Flex Endopath Staplers Product Codes:

  • EC60A
  • PCEE60A
  • PLEE60A
  • PSEE60A

Who Might Qualify for a Lawsuit?

8,256 staplers were recalled by the FDA. These staplers were distributed for use in August and September of 2019. Cases that qualify for lawsuit include those cases where surgeries took place during those two months. In some instances, it is obvious to the surgeon that the stapler caused damage during surgery. However, in other cases, complications from this defective device often take longer to discover. Sometimes the damage is not discovered until a follow-up visit, trip to the Emergency Room, or a later surgery. 

Why Choose Douglas & London

This isn’t the first time our firm has successfully faced Johnson & Johnson due to damages caused by a defective stapler. Firm partner Gary J. Douglas obtained a jury verdict of $8.5 million against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon Endosurgery, on behalf of the family of a 45-year-old man who died after a staple gun misfired during a weight-loss surgery.

Douglas & London defective products senior attorney Virginia Anello also reached a significant confidential settlement on behalf of the family of a 31- year old father of two who untimely passed away due to the malfunctioning of a staple gun during a lobectomy procedure.  

Call or Email Douglas & London to Investigate a Lawsuit on Your Behalf

If you or a loved one underwent surgery and later experienced complications or underwent additional corrective procedures that you suspect may have been caused by staple-related issues, call Douglas & London at (212) 566-7500 or simply chat with us on our website or fill out the form below. Our experienced defective product liability team is ready to fight for you! Our consultations are free and you don’t pay unless we win.