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Bard ordered to pay $3.6 million over defective transvaginal mesh

C.R. Bard was slapped with a $3.6 million verdict in the first lawsuit to go to trial involving the medical device manufacturer’s allegedly defective transvaginal mesh. The ruling comes just months after the company agreed to settle thousands of other lawsuits from women who claim to have been injured by the transvagainal mesh. The jury had awarded the plaintiff in the case $5.5 million in damages, but the court slashed the award to $3.6 million after finding some fault with the doctor who had implanted the plaintiff with the company’s Avaulta transvaginal mesh. Transvaginal mesh, also known as bladder sling, ... Read More

Bladder sling market expected to grow despite safety risks

Transvaginal mesh, also called a bladder sling when used to treat stress urinary incontinence, has been linked to serious complications. Manufacturers have shelled out millions to settle lawsuits waged against them by women who claim they have been injured by the devices. But analysts say that the urinary sling market in the United States is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11.85 percent through 2019. The report published online at MedGadget.com covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of transvaginal mesh as well as male slings in the United States using in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry ... Read More

Jury should know Johnson & Johnson destroyed transvaginal mesh documents, U.S. judge says

A U.S. judge has found that Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit destroyed company documents about some of its transvaginal mesh implants ahead of its Feb. 10 trial in which the health care conglomerate is defending itself against thousands of personal-injury lawsuits. U.S. magistrate judge Cheryl Eifert concluded that Ethicon destroyed thousands of computer files and other documents pertaining to its Gynecare Prolift and TVT Retropublic mesh devices, which thousands of women blame for excruciating internal injuries. Because the company acted improperly, juries may be allowed to hear and weigh evidence about the alleged document dumping, Judge Eifert said. ... Read More

New documentary to portray the severity of transvaginal mesh injuries

A new documentary film currently in production will feature a number of women from the U.S., Canada, and other countries whose bodies, and subsequently their lives, were devastated after being implanted with transvaginal mesh products designed to correct pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, and other conditions affecting the position of the pelvic organs. The documentary, called Enmeshed, is a collaboration between Philip Courter of Courter Films and Jane Akre, editor of the Mesh Medical Device News Desk, a watchdog group that monitors the medical mesh industry and the ways in which transvaginal mesh devices, hernia patches, and other polypropylene mesh ... Read More

Judge delays C.R. Bard transvaginal mesh trial amid settlement talks

A federal bellwether trial against transvaginal mesh maker C.R. Bard that was scheduled to start Dec. 3 has been pushed back to January 10, 2014. C.R. Bard is one of six transvaginal mesh manufacturers facing more than 30,000 personal injury lawsuits combined for multidistrict litigation (MDL) in a Charlestown, W.Va., federal court. The rescheduled case was filed on behalf of a woman who alleges she was seriously injured by a Bard Avaulta vaginal mesh implant. Her lawsuit is one of four cases against C.R. Bard selected for the first round of bellwether trials, which are intended to consolidate discovery and ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson accused of destroying or losing transvaginal mesh documents ahead of trial

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit destroyed or lost more than a decade of documents related to its Gynecare Prolift transvaginal mesh, lawyers representing plaintiffs suing the manufacturer over mesh injuries allege. The plaintiffs’ lawyers have asked that a West Virginia federal court bar Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon from relying on certain defenses in bellwether trials planned for this year because of the missing documents, potentially numbering in the hundreds of thousands. More than 30,000 lawsuits against five manufacturers of transvaginal mesh, including Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, have been combined for multidistrict litigation under U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin ... Read More

Judge schedules first of Boston Scientific transvaginal mesh cases for March trial

A West Virginia federal judge overseeing personal-injury litigation against six transvaginal mesh manufacturers has set a trial-start date of March 10, 2014 for the first lawsuit naming Boston Scientific as a defendant. The Natick, Mass.-based medical device manufacturer faces more than 6,400 personal-injury claims filed in U.S. District Courts by women who allege the polypropylene devices, which are designed to correct pelvic organ prolapse and some forms of urinary incontinence, are defectively designed and cause a multitude of complications, including mesh erosion, infection, bleeding, organ perforation, and severe pain. Those cases have been consolidated for multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Charleston, ... Read More

Several transvaginal mesh manufacturers involved in lawsuit settlement talks

Settlement talks are currently underway between manufacturers of transvaginal mesh and women who say they suffered serious complications from the defectively designed products. Attorneys for Boston Scientific, Coloplast, Cook Medical, and C.R. Bard entered into discussions to resolve the tens of thousands of lawsuits waged against them. The only manufacturer that did not join the discussion was Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. There are more than 30,000 lawsuits against the five companies that are engaged in settlement talks. However, that number is expected to grow to upwards of 50,000 as more plaintiffs join in the settlement proceedings. Transvaginal ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh manufacturers begin settlement negotiations

Five manufacturers of transvaginal mesh, including C.R. Bard and Boston Scientific Corp., have entered settlement talks with lawyers for plaintiffs who say the polypropylene mesh products have caused serious, often debilitating injuries, Bloomberg news reported. Together the companies face tens of thousands of personal-injury lawsuits in state and federal courts. About 30,000 complaints filed in U.S District Courts throughout the country have been consolidated for multidistrict litigation (MDL) in a Charleston, W.Va., federal court, where Judge Joseph Goodwin is overseeing the proceedings. The total number of lawsuits could swell to 50,000 as more and more women experiencing transvaginal mesh complications or ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh manufacturer’s stock drops in light of personal injury lawsuits

Humlebaek, Denmark-based transvaginal mesh manufacturer Coloplast A/S said last week that it didn’t expect lawsuits waged against the company in the United States would have “significant financial impact,” but investors are skeptical. The company’s stock fell as much as 1.8 percent – the lowest since May 2 – making it the worst performing in the benchmark OMX Copenhagen index. The blow comes just a week after a jury in the first federal transvaginal mesh trial – against competitor C.R. Bard Inc. – ordered the manufacturer to pay $2 million in damages to a woman who claimed Bard’s transvaginal mesh device ... Read More