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Hundreds of Australian women file transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson

Nearly 400 Australian women have filed transvaginal mesh injury lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson in what may be the biggest product liability class action lawsuit in Australian history. The women claim the company’s surgical mesh product used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence caused them to suffer chronic or life threatening injuries. Trish Sara joined the lawsuit after suffering complications leading to multiple surgeries during which she had to have part of her bowel removed. She was implanted with a bladder sling in 2008, confident that it would remedy her embarrassing urinary incontinence. However, from the moment ... Read More

Woman files lawsuit against makers of defective transvaginal mesh

“I get stabbed a thousand times a day,” Frances Shulte told The Gazette. The constant pain prevents the Coralville, Iowa, resident from comfortably moving around or going to the bathroom. She never dreamed that the surgery to correct a pelvic floor disorder would cause her chronic pain and disability. “People don’t understand that I’m in pain every day,” she said. Frances’ ordeal began in 2005, when she had surgery to correct her stress urinary incontinence. Doctors inserted a type of surgical mesh, also known as transvaginal mesh or a bladder sling, into her body to hold up organs that had ... Read More

Increase in flu cases has hospitals, dialysis clinics experiencing a shortage of IV saline

An increase in flu cases has contributed to a shortage of intravenous saline used to treat dehydration and other conditions. Hospitals and dialysis centers are left to scramble to manage their supplies, and are being advised to use smaller IV bags and find alternatives, if possible. Each week since mid-January, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received word from dozens of hospitals that supplies of IV saline are low. While the agency says it has not had any reports of any facilities being out of the solution, some have reported they have just a few days’ supply. A spike ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh manufacturer should be punished for mishandling documents related to lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon mishandled documents related to its transvaginal mesh devices and should be barred from seeking to throw out lawsuits or using some defense tactics, say attorneys for women who filed lawsuits against the companies. Johnson & Johnson’s unit Ethicon makes the Gynecare Prolift implant, a transvaginal mesh device used to treat pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The devices are inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped for various reasons, usually from childbirth, obesity or age. The devices have been associated with serious complications including ... Read More

Alarming number of children injured by falling out of high chairs

A surprising number of young children and infants are falling out of high chairs and thousands of cases each year result in emergency room visits, according to a new safety study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. For the study, researchers analyzed data from the U.S. National Electronic Injury Surveillance System involving high chair, booster seat, and normal chair-related injuries that occurred between 2003 and 2010 among children ages 3 and younger. They found, on average, about 9,500 young children and infants are sent to emergency rooms with high chair-related injuries ... 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 face more than 30,000 lawsuits alleging defective design

More than 10,000 lawsuits involving Ethicon Gynecare transvaginal mesh have been filed in the Southern District of West Virginia, all claiming the surgical mesh products were defectively designed and made, and that Ethicon failed to warn doctors and patients of the risks associated with the devices. Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is also facing an additional 4,400 transvaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in multi-county litigation in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. Ethicon is just one of six manufacturers of transvaginal mesh. There are more than 30,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in separate proceedings in just the ... Read More

Researchers: More studies needed to determine long-term cancer risk with all-metal hip implants

Researchers are recommending long-term studies be done on patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement systems to determine whether corroding implants cause cancer. The recommendation was made following a study in which researchers found no increase in cancer in a seven-year period in people with all-metal hip implants. Traditional hip implants are made with plastic or ceramic parts, but in the past decade many manufacturers of these medical devices began making the devices with all metal parts. The metal hips were thought to be more durable and thus ideal for younger and more active patients. However, they devices were found to fail prematurely ... 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

Judge denies metal hip maker’s request to dismiss lawsuit in multidistrict litigation

A lawsuit in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) will move forward against Biomet Inc. over its allegedly defective metal-on-metal hip implant after an Indiana federal judge declined the company’s request for dismissal. Biomet argued that the claim against the company was preempted by federal law because the device was approved for use as part of a clinical investigation to determine safety and efficacy. The lawsuit was filed by Leslie Caccia who claimed he received a defective M2A-Magnum hip replacement system, made by Biomet. The complaint states the device damaged bone and tissue surrounding Caccia’s implant and he required multiple revision surgeries ... Read More