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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

Texas woman files lawsuit against transvaginal mesh maker for disfiguring injuries

Ruby Bradley of Jasper, Texas, says the transvaginal mesh used to treat her stress urinary incontinence caused her serious injury which made her deformed. She is suing the manufacturer of the devices and is seeking damages for medical expenses, physical impairment and disfigurement, and pain and suffering. Ruby’s lawsuit was filed against transvaginal mesh manufacturers Etihcon Inc, Ethicon LLC, Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, SoFradim Production Sas, Boston Scientific Corp, Coloplast Corp, Mentor Worldwide, and Cook Medical. Transvaginal mesh, also known as a bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders including pelvic ... Read More

South Dakota woman awarded $3.35 million in transvaginal mesh lawsuit

A New Jersey jury is recommending Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon pay a South Dakota woman $3.35 million for failing to warn her doctor of the serious risks associated with the companies’ transvaginal mesh device. The verdict was the first among about 1,800 transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending in New Jersey against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson, and could impact not only the verdicts in those cases but in thousands more lawsuits filed against manufacturers of other transvaginal mesh devices. The verdict was made in a lawsuit that alleged the companies’ Gyncare Prolift mesh was defective and caused serious ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh may cause or worsen autoimmune diseases

Transvaginal mesh (TVT) used to treat common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence has been associated with serious risks including mesh erosion, infections, and chronic pain. But the device may also leech dangerous toxins into the body causing or exacerbating autoimmune diseases, according to research compiled by TVT-NO!, a foundation for survivors of transvaginal mesh. “It has been noted (that) many women have been diagnosed with autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and Fibromyalgia after the insertion of TVT mesh,” the foundation warns on its website. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that ... Read More

European report shows adverse events with vaginal mesh greater than other procedures

Surgical techniques using vaginal meshes to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse can cause serious adverse events, and doctors should inform their patients of the potential risks associated with the devices, according to a report complied by York Health Economics Consortium on behalf of the United Kingdom’s health authority. The summaries included in the report were developed using data from systematic reviews of the effects and safety of vaginal slings and meshes, published in the past decade. The following outcomes were examined – pain persisting after six months, mesh exposure, sexual problems following the procedure, and procedures to ... Read More

University of Michigan receives NIH grant to study birth-related pelvic floor injuries

The University of Michigan was awarded a $5.2 million grant by National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study birth-related pelvic floor injuries and their relationship to pelvic floor disorders like urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The grant is the largest NIH award focused on life-long impact of birth-related injuries on pelvic floor disorders that are common yet poorly understood. These pelvic floor disorders are caused by muscle injury during childbirth. Researchers at U-M hope to find ways to reduce the number of women who suffer from these injuries. Many women who give birth vaginally go on to suffer from ... Read More