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New Zealand woman demands inquiry into safety of transvaginal mesh

Jen Branje, 45, is petitioning Parliament in New Zealand to investigate injuries caused by transvaginal mesh, claiming the mesh is dangerous and should be banned until an inquiry examines serious risks associated with the devices. Transvaginal mesh, also called vaginal mesh or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders in women, such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Mounting reports of injuries associated with the devices prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct an investigation in which the agency found that complications with the device were not uncommon and ... Read More

FDA calls for stricter safety guidelines, pre-market approval for transvaginal mesh for incontinence

Stricter safety requirements may be required for the manufacturing of transvaginal mesh under a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal. The surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders in women should be reclassified as “high risk,” the agency said in response to mounting reports of complications from the device. Transvaginal mesh, also known as vaginal mesh or a bladder sling, is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped causing symptoms such as discomfort and incontinence. The mesh was widely used in women ... 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

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

Jury awards plaintiff $2 million for transvaginal mesh injuries in trial against C.R. Bard

A jury in Charleston, W.V., ordered C.R. Bard to pay a Georgia nurse $2 million for severe injuries and pain she alleged she received from an Avaulta transvaginal mesh device that she had implanted in 2009 to correct a form of pelvic organ prolapse. Plaintiff Donna Cisson, 55, was the first plaintiff who filed a product-injury complaint against a transvaginal mesh manufacturer in federal court to have her case tried. Her case was the first to be tried out of more than 23,000 lawsuits against Bard and five other transvaginal mesh manufacturers that have been consolidated for multidistrict litigation (MDL) ... Read More

Bard exec dodges questions about transvaginal mesh testing

A C.R. Bard executive repeatedly dodged questions presented by the lead plaintiffs’ attorney in the first transvaginal mesh case to go to trial, frustrating U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who is overseeing the giant body of litigation in a federal West Virginia court. Plaintiff Donna Cisson, 55, filed a personal injury lawsuit against C.R. Bard, alleging its Bard Avaulta Plus Posterior BioSynthetic Support System mesh device caused extensive injuries and pain after she had it implanted in May 2009 to correct a form of pelvic organ prolapse. Her case was selected to be tried first out more than 23,000 other cases ... Read More