More than 10,000 lawsuits involving Ethicon Gynecare transvaginal mesh have been filed in the Southern District of West Virginia, all claiming the surgical mesh products were defectively designed and made, and that Ethicon failed to warn doctors and patients of the risks associated with the devices.
Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is also facing an additional 4,400 transvaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in multi-county litigation in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court.
Ethicon is just one of six manufacturers of transvaginal mesh. There are more than 30,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in separate proceedings in just the Southern District of West Virginia.
The mesh, also called vaginal mesh or bladder sling, is used to repair common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The mesh is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped due to age, obesity or childbirth.
Transvaginal mesh has been associated with serious complications including erosion into vaginal tissues, causing pain, incontinence and repeated infections. Many women have had to undergo repeated surgeries to remove the mesh. In some cases complications were fatal.
Between 2008 and 2011, the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) received 2,874 adverse event reports related to the devices, which led to the agency issuing two separate warnings that complications with the devices were “not uncommon.”
Women who have suffered complications related to transvaginal mesh should contact an attorney soon, as the statute of limitations runs out soon. They may have a case against the manufacturer and be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, loss of wages, and other damages.
Source: Digital Journal