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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

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

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

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

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

Bard must include memos about poor design, injuries in transvaginal mesh lawsuit

A federal judge has ruled that medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard cannot exclude from a bellwether trial against the company internal memos written by an employee warning that transvaginal mesh products have been associated with serious adverse effects and should be redesigned. The lawsuit was filed by Carolyn Jones, who alleges that Bard’s Avaulta vaginal mesh, also known as a bladder sling, used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, was poorly designed and caused her to suffer serious injuries. U.S. District Judge Joseph Godwin denied Bard’s request to exclude internal memos from its employee Bobby Orr, then-head of ... 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

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