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Many transvaginal mesh injury claims face statute of limitations deadline

Product liability lawsuits filed against manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products are mounting ahead of an approaching two-year statute of limitations in several states. Six medical device makers – Boston Scientific, Coloplast, C.R. Bard, Ethicon/Johnson& Johnson, and Cook Medical Systems – are among the medical device makers who collectively face about 16,000 lawsuits filed by women and their families. The lawsuits blame transvaginal mesh products, used to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and urinary incontinence, for serious and often debilitating injuries. Many plaintiffs allege that the polypropylene devices eroded through the vaginal wall, perforated organs, caused vaginal scarring and shrinkage, bleeding, infection ... Read More

Time may be running out for lawsuits against transvaginal mesh manufacturers

Thousands of lawsuits against six manufacturers of transvaginal mesh have been filed and more are expected as a two-year statute of limitations in many states approaches. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders like pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, conditions that can cause pain and discomfort. The mesh is inserted through the vagina and works like a hammock to hold up organs that have dropped. In July 13, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that 10 percent of women who had received transvaginal mesh experienced a complication ... Read More

Cook Medical vaginal mesh products may be added to multidistrict litigation

Claims against Cook Medical, Inc. and its vaginal mesh products may soon join lawsuits consolidated in the Southern District of West Virginia. The cases currently involve transvaginal mesh devices made by companies including Boston Scientific, Coloplast, Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson), and C.R. Bard. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that is used to repair pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is implanted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped, or prolapsed, causing symptoms such as pain, discomfort, incontinence, and painful sexual intercourse. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ... Read More

Women say transvaginal mesh left them in worse shape than before surgery

Lynn Waits experienced severe pain and bleeding immediately after surgery in 2008 where she was implanted with transvaginal mesh to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic collapse caused by childbirth. The incision doctors made next to her vagina never fully healed and in 2010, as her health continued to deteriorate, she went to a new doctor who removed the mesh. But removing the mesh didn’t cure Lynn of the symptoms. She still has aches and pains, and her sex life is nonexistent. Kathy Barton said she felt like razors were slicing her internal organs after she was implanted with the mesh ... Read More

Couple awarded millions in first transvaginal mesh lawsuit

Medical device maker C.R. Bard was ordered to pay $3.6 million in damages to a woman and her husband who claimed the company’s vaginal mesh implant caused her to suffer pain and injury. The lawsuit is the first of hundreds filed against manufacturers of transvaginal mesh to go to trial. The plaintiff received Bard’s Avaulta Plus vaginal implant, a surgical mesh product used to repair pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The conditions can cause urinary incontinence, painful sexual intercourse, and general discomfort. To treat the condition, surgical mesh is implanted vaginally and positioned ... Read More

Man sues maker of surgical mesh

A Texas man is suing the manufacturer of the surgical mesh used to repair his hernia, alleging the device was defective and caused infections. The lawsuit was filed against C.R. Bard, maker of surgical mesh and other medical devices. The man claims that shortly after surgery his pain became worse and his surgical site became infected. He underwent a second surgery, where surgeons found that the problem stemmed from the mesh dislodging and eroding. Surgical mesh is a woven fabric used for chest wall reconstruction, strengthening tissues, providing for support for internal organs, and treating surgical or traumatic wounds. The fabric ... Read More

Woman files lawsuit against transvaginal mesh manufacturer

For years, Mary Ann McCloskey didn’t know what was wrong with her. It was as if her internal organs were revolting against her body. She endured pain, internal bleeding, and multiple surgeries. Her quality of life plummeted. It wasn’t until February 2010, that Mary Ann discovered her problem wasn’t a medical mystery, but was likely caused by the transvaginal mesh surgically implanted in her pelvis during a medical procedure she received in 2006. The surgical mesh had eroded into her vaginal wall, causing pain and severe complications. Mary Ann is suing C.R. Bard, manufacturer of the Bard pelvi soft acellular ... Read More

FDA wants more data on safety of transvaginal mesh

Manufacturers of surgical mesh used to repair pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) are being asked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct new studies on the safety of the products. The review is in response to mounting complaints associated with the transvaginal use of the mesh. Inserted through the vagina to shore up organs that have slumped from childbirth or obesity, the mesh offers an attractive non-invasive alternative to surgical repair. However, complaints show that the mesh often over time begins to erode into the vaginal wall. This causes pain, ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh maker profiting despite mounting lawsuits

C.R. Bard Inc. is rolling in higher profits after postings its third quarter results, but the celebration may be short lived. The medical device company is facing dozens of lawsuits from patients who have asked to join a multi-district federal case against the company for allegedly selling defective and dangerous products, namely its Avaulta transvaginal mesh. The multi-district litigation, consolidated from 21 individual lawsuits earlier this fall, includes complaints from women who received three different types of Avaulta mesh – Avaulta Biosynthetic, Avaulta Plus, and Avaulta Solo mesh. Earlier this year, 29 other women who had previously filed lawsuits against ... Read More

FDA warns of counterfeit surgical mesh

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning health care professionals, hospital personnel and patients that counterfeit flat sheets of polypropylene surgical mesh are being marketed in the United States and labeled with the C.R. Bard/Davol brand name. Four products have been identified to date as not being Bard-manufactured products. These products are used to reinforce soft tissue where weakness exists in the repair of hernias and chest wall defects. The recalled products include specific lots of Bard Flat Mesh 2” x 4”, Bard Flat Mesh 10” x 14”, Bard Flat Mesh 3” x 6”, and Bard Flat Mesh 6” ... Read More