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European authorities call for review of transvaginal mesh safety

European drug and medical device regulators have asked a scientific committee to review the safety of transvaginal mesh devices and whether the risks outweigh the benefits. The European Commission charged its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks to conduct the analysis on the surgical mesh products used to treat common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The request is based on mounting reports of injuries associated with the devices, which range in severity and include complications such as rejection, tissue erosion, mesh exposure and shrinkage resulting in symptoms such as chronic ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson wants to conceal failure to preserve evidence in transvaginal mesh lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson is asking a West Virginia federal judge not to allow the plaintiff in an upcoming bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over injuries caused by its transvaginal mesh to tell jurors that the company failed to preserve evidence. Johnson & Johnson claims the issue is no longer relevant to the case. U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Eifert found the consumer health care giant had lost potential evidence in the case and suggested that jurors may need to hear about circumstances such as when a plaintiff’s physician relied on evidence provided by a sales representative whose records were destroyed. The ... Read More

5 health products that are dangerous to women

Medical devices, prescription drugs, and even consumer products offer unique benefits to women. But sometimes they can cause unexpected harm. Here are some products that women should use with caution: 1. Talcum powder – It might sound far-fetched, but women who apply baby powder or body powder regularly to their genitals are a third more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not use the product. Talcum powder, derived from talc, contains various elements, including asbestos, which is a known carcinogen. Researchers say the powder when applied to the genitals can travel up the vagina through the uterus ... 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

Transvaginal mesh victim lives in constant and extreme pain

“The pain is so bad that I sometimes go to sleep crying,” Rose Lucero told CBS4 News. “The pain is so bad that I stay up until 5 a.m. trying to let the pain just go away.” In 2008, Rose was implanted with a transvaginal mesh device to treat urinary incontinence. Three years later the pain came. It started in her back and grew progressively worse. Then it spread down her legs and into her feet, making simple chores practically impossible. “I have no life. I can’t do anything without being in pain,” she said. Rose is one of thousands ... 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

Woman files $5 million lawsuit against makers of transvaginal mesh

A Canadian woman is suing the makers and distributors of her transvaginal mesh device, alleging that rather than treat her urinary incontinence, the device has caused her chronic pain, recurrent infections, and completely ruined her sex life. She is asking for $5 million to cover her pain and suffering, among other damages. Virginia Corkum filed the lawsuit this week in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax. Named in the lawsuit are Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon Inc., and Gynecare Worldwide. According to the complaint, Corkum was implanted with the Gynecare Tension Free Vaginal Tape-Obturator sling mesh, also known as a bladder ... 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

Time may be running out for lawsuits against transvaginal mesh manufacturers

Thousands of lawsuits against six manufacturers of transvaginal mesh have been filed and more are expected as a two-year statute of limitations in many states approaches. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders like pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, conditions that can cause pain and discomfort. The mesh is inserted through the vagina and works like a hammock to hold up organs that have dropped. In July 13, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that 10 percent of women who had received transvaginal mesh experienced a complication ... Read More