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Woman Suffers Years with Abdominal Pain; IVC Filter Fragment Lodged in Her Duodenum

A 67-year-old woman complained to her primary care physician of persistent abdominal pain that she had endured for four years. She described the pain as a dull ache that persisted constantly, made worse by movement and eating. When the physician looked into her medical history, he saw that she previously had multiple instances of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and hypercoagulability. She had received a Günther Tulip vena cava filter made by Cook Medical five years prior. Because of a lack of other symptoms, an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) was performed. Everything seemed normal at first, until the scope was advanced further. A thin, metallic ... Read More

Boston Scientific to pay $73.5 million in transvaginal mesh lawsuit

Boston Scientific was found negligent and ordered to pay $73.5 million in damages for injuries caused by its transvaginal mesh device. Plaintiff Martha Salazar alleged she suffered nerve damage, pain and infections after having the company’s Obtryx mesh implanted in January 2011. She claims the mesh was defectively designed. Transvaginal mesh, also known as a bladder sling, is used to treat common pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped over time causing pain, discomfort and incontinence. Several medical device companies manufacture transvaginal mesh ... Read More

Crest to remove plastic beads from its popular toothpastes

Dental hygienist Trish Walraven was baffled when she kept noticing tiny bits of plastic embedded in her patients’ gums during dental cleanings. So she asked what toothpaste they were using and made a startling discovery. The patients were using popular Crest toothpaste, which is formulated with tiny bits of plastic called polyethylene designed to help scrub teeth clean. However, dentists say the beads can get trapped under people’s gums and lead to gum disease. These polyethylene microbeads are approved as a food additive by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are used in a variety of commercial products, including skin ... Read More

Federal jury hits Ethicon transvaginal mesh with $3.27 million verdict

Jo Huskey had no idea the turn her life would take after having a 30-minute procedure to implant Ethicon’s transvaginal mesh device in her body to correct urinary incontinence. Plaintiffs attorneys and their witnesses painted a picture for jurors of how the defectively designed device could erode into tissue and puncture neighboring organs causing serious complications from excruciating pain and incontinence to bleeding and infections. The jury responded with a $3.27 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, finding the bladder sling was defectively designed and the company failed to warn the public of the potential risks. The product ... Read More

Bayer faces lawsuits over injuries caused by Mirena IUD

The minute Sarah was implanted with a Mirena IUD contraceptive device, she felt excruciating pain. She tried to tough it out, but it became so severe she went to the emergency room. There, doctors discovered that her intrauterine device had perforated her uterus and migrated into her abdomen. She needed surgery to have it removed. “They told me that it needed to be removed as soon as possible,” Sarah told ABC 15. “It was horrible. I would never recommend it to anyone.” Sarah is not the only woman to experience complications with the Mirena IUD. Since the device was approved ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh lawsuits continue three years after FDA warning

It has been three years since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication warning the public that complications with transvaginal mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence were not uncommon and could be chronic or life threatening. Since then, lawsuits against manufacturers of the devices have grown exponentially. Trasvaginal mesh, also known as vaginal mesh, pelvic mesh, or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh that is inserted through the vagina to support organs that have dropped due to age, childbirth, obesity or other conditions. The mesh is ... Read More

Metal hip manufacturer faces new lawsuits alleging defective design

At least five new lawsuits were filed against Stryker Corp., and its subsidiary Howmedica Osteonics Corp., claiming that the companies’ hip implant was defective, causing injuries and poisoning blood. The lawsuits involve the Accolade TMZF hip stem and LFIT anatomic V40 femoral head. Stryker already is facing more than 500 similar lawsuits over other artificial hip models, the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems. According to the complaint, the titanium hip stem can corrode when it is used with the femoral heads, which are made from cobalt and chromium. When the metal corrodes inside the body, it can inflame tissue, ... Read More

Maine woman sues makers of transvaginal mesh

Dory Ames from Maine is one of the latest women to file a lawsuit against the makers of transvaginal mesh claiming the device caused serious injuries. Manufacturers of these bladder slings face tens of thousands of lawsuits alleging the companies marketed the devices knowing they were defective and could cause harm to women. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders known as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The mesh is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped or protruded due to childbirth, age, weight gain, or ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges injury from tainted CVS Pharmacy eye drops

A CVS customer has filed a lawsuit against the drug store chain alleging that its CVS-brand eye drops contained bleach or peroxide, and caused him serious eye injury. Greg Schwak of Fort Lee, N.J., claims that the CVS Redness Relief drops he purchased from a store in New Jersey were either contaminated or adulterated. Schwak claims he treated both eyes with the drops and immediately felt extreme pain and burning. The pain persisted even after he flushed out his eyes. He says he smelled bleach in the over-the-counter product. For the next several weeks, he visited the doctor several times ... Read More

Family says defective metal-on-metal hip implant caused mother’s brain cancer

A woman who had filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for its defective metal-on-metal hip implant has died of an aggressive brain cancer, a disease her family believes was caused by blood poisoning from her corroding artificial hip. Bharucha had broken a hip when she suffered a fall and in 2007 was fitted with Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy ASR hip replacement system. The surgery did not relieve her pain or help her regain her mobility. In fact, she grew increasingly worse. By 2011, a year after the device was recalled due to premature failures, Bharucha had revision surgery to ... Read More