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Transvaginal mesh maker accused of using counterfeit materials

Boston Scientific is adamant that it didn’t purchase counterfeit plastic materials from a Chinese supplier to produce its transvaginal mesh device for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. But a 60 Minutes investigation has uncovered evidence that suggests otherwise. CBS’s 60 Minutes reported that emails show the company knowingly bought the counterfeit parts from a Chinese supplier and even repackaged the material to hide that it was an imitation product. Boston Scientific and other manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices have been caught up in massive litigation for years alleging the devices are defective and have caused women serious injuries from ... Read More

NICE recommends a ban on vaginal mesh

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), a non-departmental public health body of the U.K.’s Department of Health, is recommending that transvaginal mesh implants be banned for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse in England because the devices can cut into the vaginal wall and leave women in chronic pain and with permanent disabilities. At least one expert says that it is highly likely NICE’s call to action will spur the National Health Service (NHS) to take up the recommendation. NICE said that there were “serious but well-recognized safety concerns” with vaginal mesh, and that “evidence of long-term ... Read More

Bard settles transvaginal mesh lawsuits

C.R. Bard has agreed to settle nearly 100 lawsuits related to its transvaginal mesh (TVM) devices that were pending in U.S. District Court in West Virginia. Thousands of TVM cases are consolidated under U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. In addition to Bard, cases are pending against other medical device manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific. In August 2013, Bard was hit with a $2.2 million jury verdict in the first transvaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial in the consolidated multidistrict litigation (MDL). A jury found that the company’s Avaulta Plus Posterior BioSynthetic Support System TVM, used ... Read More

Louisiana Woman Files Lawsuit alleging Physiomesh Injuries

The Louisiana Record reports that Laura Lutz of Port Sulphur, Louisiana, has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon Inc., alleging negligence and other counts regarding her injuries allegedly linked to Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh device. Physiomesh is a flexible mesh made of polypropylene designed to reinforce the abdominal wall, supposedly keeping additional hernias from forming. Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer used in a wide variety of ways, including packaging and labeling, ropes, fabric for thermal underwear, reusable containers, laboratory equipment, and transvaginal mesh (TVM), which also has been linked to complications. TVM is a knitted polypropylene monofilament used to ... Read More

J&J faces wave of lawsuits over pharmaceuticals, medical devices, health care products

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries are being hit by a growing wave of lawsuits alleging the world’s largest health care company’s pharmaceuticals, medical devices and health care products cause serious injuries and deaths. More than 100,000 people, including 18,500 men who claim they grew disfiguring female-like breasts after taking the antipsychotic Risperdal as adolescents, sued J&J in 2016 – an increase of about 28,3000 over the previous year. J&J disclosed that its litigation expenses to fight these claims jumped 480 percent in 2016 to a whopping $817 million. Plaintiffs suing J&J and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals over Risperdal side ... Read More

Bellwether verdict against J&J pelvic mesh upheld by NJ Supreme Court

Mass Tort Nexus reports that the New Jersey Supreme Court has upheld an $11.11 million verdict from a February 2013 bellwether trial against Johnson & Johnson unit Ethicon, Inc. over its Gynecare Prolift mesh product used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and adverse effects related to the product. The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by the company, which had previously had post-trial motions denied by New Jersey Superior Court Judge Carol E. Higbee. Also in March this year a three-judge appellate panel of the state appeals court heard the defendant’s oral arguments challenging Judge Higbee’s decision to uphold ... Read More

Strengthen your pelvic floor with new app that turns kegel exercise into a game

In a recent video, the host of Refinery 29’s series Femme Ed, Laura Willcox, learned how kegel exercises can strengthen a woman’s pelvic floor and why this is so important for many women. “Why should a woman concern herself with strengthening her pelvic floor or doing kegels? What’s the upside here?” Willcox asked pelvic floor expert Jill Hoefs. “A lot of women do it because either they’re leaking [urine] on themselves or because they feel like their organs are going to fall out of their body,” Hoefs replied to a shuddering Willcox. Stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, the ... Read More

Medication to treat stress urinary incontinence being tested as safer alternative to transvaginal mesh

There might be a new non-invasive option for treating stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Up to 35 percent of adult women are affected by this common disorder, which is when coughing, laughing, sneezing, lifting or exercising can trigger unintentional urine leakage. A new oral treatment, a once-a-day pill, is being tested by urologists at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. The medicine, enobosarm, rebuilds muscle mass and has been studied already for its usefulness for cancer patients. It is a selective androgen receptor modulator. “This isn’t a situation that you have to live with. Know that it isn’t. Get help for ... Read More

More than 100 additional Suits Resolved in Transvaginal Mesh MDL

Law360 reports that Endo International plc unit American Medical Systems Inc. has settled approximately 135 more suits in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in West Virginia against the seven manufacturers of transvaginal mesh implants. The seven MDLs have been consolidated into one giant litigation totaling around 70,000 pending cases. Last year AMS settled about 360 cases in April, another 108 in May and another 100 by July. The previous year according to Law360 Endo paid $830 million to settle 20,000 suits. “In a joint motion to dismiss, AMS said it had compromised and settled claims in roughly 135 suits filed by ... Read More

States prosecute Johnson & Johnson alleging ‘deceptive practices’ related to transvaginal mesh

Besides the 35,000 personal injury lawsuits that Johnson and Johnson faces related to its transvaginal mesh (TVM), the company is also facing suits by both the states of Washington and California. According to Law360, the states’ attorneys general filed complaints against the company and its subsidiary Ethicon Inc. alleging false advertising and deceptive marketing related to the devices. The complaints claim J&J knowingly concealed the risks associated with its TVM product and misrepresented the severity and frequency of common complications. The complaints also claim violations of the states’ unfair competition and consumer protection laws. Law360 reported that “Both states are seeking injunctive relief and ... Read More