A Florida federal jury determined that medical device maker Boston Scientific should pay $26.7 million to four women who claim they were injured by the company’s transvaginal mesh.
The jury found Boston Scientific negligent in manufacturing the Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit, a type of surgical mesh that is used to treat common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Jurors found that the device was defective at the time of its sale because it didn’t meet reasonable expectations of its intended users, and that the benefits of the device were overshadowed by the risks, which include infection, scar tissue, organ perforation, blood loss, and chronic pelvic pain.
Plaintiff Mania Nunez was awarded $6.53 million, Juana Betancourt and Amal Eghnayem were each awarded $6.72 million, and Margarita M. Dotres was awarded $6.76 million. The awards were for compensatory damages. No punitive damages were awarded.
Boston Scientific is currently in litigation in West Virginia federal court over similar claims. Tens of thousands of product liability lawsuits are also pending against Boston Scientific and other transvaginal mesh manufacturers in both state and federal court nationwide.
Last month, Boston Scientific was ordered to pay $34.6 million in compensatory and punitive damages to plaintiffs after a Texas jury found that the company’s Obtryx Transobturator Mid-Urethral Sling was unreasonably dangerous. The jury’s original award of $50 million in punitive damages was slashed to $11.18 million under a state damages cap.