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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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PROLENE Polypropylene Mesh

Audience: Surgeons, surgical staff, hospital risk managers, and other healthcare professionals

[November 3, 2003] Ethicon, Inc. issued an alert about counterfeit polypropylene mesh product labeled as PROLENE. PROLENE mesh is a nonabsorbable mesh used in the repair of hernias and other fascial deficiencies. Physicians, nurses and all other healthcare professionals should carefully examine all PROLENE flat mesh product and not use any product that is suspected to be counterfeit. Ethicon issued photo comparisons of authentic vs counterfeit Prolene product.

[UPDATED December 19, 2003 and May 7, 2004 - Public Health Web Notification - FDA]
[November 3, 2003 - Letter - Ethicon]