Boston Scientific was found negligent and ordered to pay $73.5 million in damages for injuries caused by its transvaginal mesh device.
Plaintiff Martha Salazar alleged she suffered nerve damage, pain and infections after having the company’s Obtryx mesh implanted in January 2011. She claims the mesh was defectively designed.
Transvaginal mesh, also known as a bladder sling, is used to treat common pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped over time causing pain, discomfort and incontinence. Several medical device companies manufacture transvaginal mesh and, like Boston Scientific, are facing lawsuits alleging injuries.
In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that complications with transvaginal mesh were not uncommon. These include erosion into tissue and protrusion into neighboring organs, causing pain, infections, hemorrhaging and lifelong disability.
The jury awarded Salazar $23.5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. Hers is just one of about 23,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed against Boston Scientific.
Johnson & Johnson also lost a transvaginal mesh lawsuit and was ordered to pay plaintiff Jo Huskey $3.27 million. Huskey had been implanted with and suffered injuries from TVT-O mesh, made by Johnson & Johnson’s unit Ethicon. Johnson & Johnson faces approximately 30,000 similar lawsuits involving injuries caused by its transvaginal mesh.
Source: Lawyers and Settlements