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Transvaginal mesh company settles lawsuit just before trial begins

Just minutes before a transvaginal mesh bellwether case in multidistrict litigation (MDL) was to begin, the judge announced that medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard had reached a settlement with defendants. The agreement comes less than a week after the company was ordered to pay $2 million in the first bellwether trial. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but it represents just a drop in the bucket of litigation facing the medical device company related to its Avaulta transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuits allege the mesh, which is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, caused internal injuries ... Read More

Canadian woman files $5 million lawsuit against transvaginal mesh maker

A Canadian woman has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the makers of her transvaginal mesh implant alleging the device caused her debilitating pain and extreme psychological stress. Virginia Corkum of Halifax was implanted with the Gynecare Tension Free Vaginal Tape-Obturator to treat a common condition known as pelvic organ prolapse. The device, also known as a bladder sling, holds up organs that have dropped over time due to childbirth, obesity or age, in order to relive symptoms such as urinary incontinence and general discomfort. Corkum had the device implanted in 2008, and immediately thereafter suffered pain in her pelvis ... Read More

Catheters put dialysis patients at increased risk of death

Catheters, the most commonly used instrument used in dialysis treatment, have been linked to an increased risk of death, according to a new study. About 20 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease and nearly 100,000 people die from end-stage renal disease each year. Dialysis is a medical procedure that filters and cleans the blood of patients whose kidneys no longer function properly. The most common type of dialysis is hemodialysis, in which the patient’s bloodstream is hooked up to a machine. This requires surgery to connect an artery to a vein. One way of doing this ... Read More

Researchers find that common antibiotics can damage DNA

Antibiotics have long been praised for wiping out bacterial infections with few side effects. But, for years, researchers have raised concerns that antibiotics were being over prescribed and overused in many cases for conditions for which they provide no benefit. The concerns seem to have fallen on deaf ears, as a fifth of doctor’s office visits in the United States results in a prescription for antibiotics, and every child receives an average of one antibiotic prescription per year. A new study raises yet another red flag over antibiotics – it indicates they can damage DNA. Researchers conducted studies on human ... Read More

New treatment for pelvic organ prolapse less risky than transvaginal mesh

Women who suffer from common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can experience uncomfortable or embarrassing symptoms including pain and incontinence. Unfortunately, in 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that the most popular surgical procedure used to treat the condition – a process in which surgical mesh is inserted through the vagina to hold up prolapsed organs – was associated with a large number of complications. Problems involved the mesh eroding in tissue causing infections, pain, disability, and hemorrhaging. Some women had to undergo repeated surgeries to remove the mesh, and some ... Read More

Endo pays $54.5 million to settle transvaginal mesh lawsuits

Endo Pharmaceuticals, a unit of American Medical Systems Inc. (AMS), has agreed to pay $54.5 million to settle some of the thousands of lawsuits alleging the company’s transvaginal mesh device caused serious injury. AMS estimated its liability from current and future transvaginal mesh lawsuits to be at least $160 million. It did not say how many of the lawsuits would be resolved by the settlement, and the company refused to admit liability or fault. Several companies that manufacture transvaginal mesh are facing lawsuits in state and federal courts alleging the devices caused serious injuries or death. Transvaginal mesh is a ... Read More

Labor-inducing drug can reduce pain with IUD insertion

Vaginal administration of a misoprostol tablet four hours before IUD insertion reduces the difficulty and pain associated with IUD insertion in women who have never been pregnant, according to a new study. Misoprostol is a medicine that softens and dilates the cervix, causes uterine contractions and, in pregnant women, induces labor. It is used to treat gastric ulcers caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, to treat missed miscarriage, to induce labor and induce abortion. The study ranged from 2009 to 2011 and involved 179 women who had never been pregnant. Women were randomly given misoprostol or placebo vaginally four hours prior ... Read More

FDA identifies fungus, bacteria in steroid shots made by Tenn. pharmacy

Federal investigators have identified bacterial and fungal growth in two unopened steroid injections used by medical facilities to treat back or joint pain, manufactured by Main Street Family Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy in Newbern, Tenn. The vials of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) are the same type of compound that has sickened at least 745 people with fungal infections including fungal meningitis, and killed 58. Those injections were compounded by New England Compounding Center, a Massachusetts-based pharmacy. To date, seven infections, none of which appear to be meningitis, but no deaths have been reported in patients who received the Main Street ... Read More

Potentially contaminated steroid shots from Tenn. pharmacy distributed to 13 states

Seven people in Illinois and North Carolina have developed “adverse effects” after receiving steroid shots from a Tennessee compounding pharmacy. The injections, used to treat neck, back or joint pain, are the same drugs as those compounded by New England Compounding Center (NECC) that were identified as the culprit in the multistate fungal meningitis outbreak that – to date – has killed 58 people and sickened 745 with fungal infections including fungal meningitis. The facility where the shots were manufactured was later found a sterility risk. Main Street Family Pharmacy, located in Newbern, Tenn., distributed the injections of methylprednisolone acetate, or MPA, to ... Read More

Woman suffers toxic shock from IUD

“I got toxic shock from an IUD,” writes Alice Myerhoff on XO Jane. It was a rare side effect even the hospital had a hard time believing. But Myerhoff easily saw the connection. A few days after she received an intrauterine device for pregnancy protection she became deathly ill. She called her nurse, who brushed off her symptoms, which included fever and body shakes. It wasn’t until she developed a suspicious red spot on her leg and had difficulty walking on it that the nurse ordered her to see her doctor right away. She was then taken to the emergency ... Read More