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Jurors, health experts agree; pharmaceutical companies held accountable for transvaginal mesh injuries

Two weeks before the FDA reclassified transvaginal mesh as a high-risk device and issued orders that manufacturers submit a rigorous premarket approval application addressing safety concerns, on Dec. 22, 2015, Philadelphia jurors were reaching a verdict on the first case to be tried in Philadelphia’s mass tort program over pelvic mesh products. Their decision was right in line with the medical news that was soon to follow. Jurors awarded Indiana woman Patricia Hammond, 65, a total of $12.5 million in her lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson and its division, Ethicon. Of that amount, $5.5 million was awarded in compensation for damages ... Read More

PA jury begins deliberations in transvaginal mesh case

Deliberations have begun in the first lawsuit to be tried in Philadelphia alleging injuries from defectively designed transvaginal mesh manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc. Plaintiff Patricia Hammons claims that shards from the transvaginal mesh she had implanted between her bladder and vagina in 2009 to shore up organs that had prolapsed, causing incontinence and discomfort, became imbedded in her bladder. As a result, she says she is unable to have sexual intercourse, which has left her feeling less of a woman and in fear of losing her boyfriend. Attorneys for Ethicon argued that Hammons was unaware that ... Read More

Bard ordered to pay $3.6 million over defective transvaginal mesh

C.R. Bard was slapped with a $3.6 million verdict in the first lawsuit to go to trial involving the medical device manufacturer’s allegedly defective transvaginal mesh. The ruling comes just months after the company agreed to settle thousands of other lawsuits from women who claim to have been injured by the transvagainal mesh. The jury had awarded the plaintiff in the case $5.5 million in damages, but the court slashed the award to $3.6 million after finding some fault with the doctor who had implanted the plaintiff with the company’s Avaulta transvaginal mesh. Transvaginal mesh, also known as bladder sling, ... Read More

Four medical devices that can maim women

Medical devices are designed to help improve quality of life, but these four products have been linked to serious injuries and even death in women, resulting in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Transvaginal mesh – This surgical mesh is implanted through the vagina to hold up organs that have fallen due to age, childbirth or obesity, resulting in conditions known as stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Transvaginal mesh, also known as bladder slings, are designed to curtail symptoms such as pain, discomfort and incontinence. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the mesh has been associated with ... Read More

Top 3 dangerous devices made by Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is a multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer health care manufacturer with more than 250 subsidiary companies that sell products in more than 175 countries. The company generates tens of billions of dollars in sales each year. Despite its success, Johnson & Johnson is riddled with lawsuits involving safety concerns with many of its products. Here is a list of some of the company’s medical devices and surgical tools that have raised safety concerns in recent years. DePuy Hip Replacement Systems Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics’ metal-on-metal hip implant was intended to be more durable than traditional ... Read More

More lawsuits added to Ethicon transvaginal mesh MDL

More than 60 lawsuits claiming Johnson & Johnson’s unit Ethicon Inc., manufactured and marketed defectively designed transvaginal mesh devices will be added to one of seven similar multidistrict litigations (MDL) in West Virginia federal court despite protests from plaintiffs. Plaintiffs from the Northern District of Texas, Eastern District of Kentucky and the Central District of California brought up various arguments including the MDL being too far along for new plaintiffs to enter. “While the relative merits of transferring new tag-along actions to an MDL can change over time, plaintiffs have not demonstrated that transfer would not promote the just and ... Read More

New OTC Poise product offers alternative for incontinence treatment

Women who suffer from stress urinary incontinence have a new, nonprescription and nonsurgical option for symptom relief. Stress urinary incontinence affects millions of women. It occurs when muscles and tissues that support the bladder weaken. This can cause the leaking of urine in situations such as coughing, laughing, running or lifting heavy objects. The risk of developing stress urinary incontinence increases with age, obesity and childbirth. Treatment can involve surgeries such as the implantation of transvaginal mesh. However, this procedure has been linked to serious health complications including the mesh eroding into tissue and protruding into organs causing pain, inflammation, ... Read More

Bladder sling market expected to grow despite safety risks

Transvaginal mesh, also called a bladder sling when used to treat stress urinary incontinence, has been linked to serious complications. Manufacturers have shelled out millions to settle lawsuits waged against them by women who claim they have been injured by the devices. But analysts say that the urinary sling market in the United States is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11.85 percent through 2019. The report published online at MedGadget.com covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of transvaginal mesh as well as male slings in the United States using in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry ... Read More

New study investigates complications with transvaginal mesh

Women who have received transvaginal mesh implants to treat stress urinary incontinence had a 1 in 30 chance of suffering complications requiring the removal of the device or the need to undergo further surgery within 10 years. And women who received additional transvaginal mesh after the failure of the initial mesh were five times more likely to suffer complications requiring more surgery, according to a new research. The study, conducted by researchers from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, is the first to gauge the rate of mesh removal or revision among Canadian women. It involved data from more than ... Read More

Recent TVM settlements, verdicts may lead to resolution in outstanding MDL

A number of high-profile transvaginal mesh settlements and verdicts in the past few months may prompt larger larger-scale settlements in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in West Virginia. That MDL involves pelvic mesh devices manufactured by a several medical device companies including C.R. Bard Inc., and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc. Last month, American Medical Systems announced it had resolved more than 100 personal injury lawsuits with the $830 million the company had set aside to settle a large number of the lawsuits waged against its transvaginal mesh device. In May, Boston Scientific Corp., was ordered to pay $100 million in ... Read More