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Four dangerous medical devices that have impacted women’s health

Medical devices have helped improve the quality of our lives, but it is up to individual patients to research the risks and benefits of these devices before undergoing any procedure. In particular, several medical devices in recent years have had a negative impact on women’s health. Here is a list of four medical devices that have been associated with serious and sometimes fatal complications. Laparoscopic Power Morcellators – These devices hit the market in 1991 offering less invasive removal of uteruses and fibroid growths than traditional open surgeries for hysterectomies and myomectomies. Power morcellators shred the uteruses or fibroid tumors inside ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson employees are happy but consumers pay the price

Consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson’s public image may be scarred from personal injury lawsuits involving its allegedly defective medical devices and dangerous side effects from its pharmaceuticals, but the company is apparently dedicated to creating happier work environments for its employees. Johnson & Johnson was named this week as the Happiest Company in America by CareerBliss. “Each year, CareerBliss evaluates the companies dedicate to creativing happier work environments,” says Heidi Golledge, CareerBliss CEO and Chief Happiness Officer. “As we evaluate the factors that impact happiness such as growth opportunity and company culture, it is also important to understand ... Read More

Lawsuit filed against makers of transvaginal mesh

Anne M. Klene underwent several procedures to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence during which transvaginal mesh was used, but she claims the devices were defective and caused her to develop hyper-inflammatory responses resulting in lifelong pain. She and her husband Richard T. Klene have filed a lawsuit against manufacturers of her transvaginal mesh claiming the companies were negligent and fraudulent in designing and marketing a defective medical device. The Klene’s lawsuit was filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Boston Scientific Corporation, Boston Scientific Sales, Mentor Worldwide, and Johnson & Johnson. Their lawsuit seeks compensatory and ... Read More

Endo to acquire new testosterone replacement treatment Natesto

Just days after Endo International agreed to pay $400 million to settle thousands of lawsuits alleging its transvaginal mesh device was defective and caused women injuries, the company announced it has entered an agreement to acquire the rights to Natesto, a testosterone replacement treatment in the form of a nasal gel, from Trimel BioPharma SRL. The transaction is expected to be completed by early 2015. Endo is one of several manufacturers of transvaginal mesh facing litigation. The devices are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. They have been associated with serious injuries including erosion, organ protrusion, ... Read More

Complications with transvaginal mesh can occur years after implantation

Women who have undergone transvaginal mesh procedures to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can experience complications from the defective devices years after implantation. Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition in women in which muscles and ligaments supporting pelvic organs weaken, which can allow organs such as the bladder, uterus, rectum, and small bowel to slip out of place, or prolapse, into the vagina. It can cause discomfort, painful intercourse, and incontinence. Since 2004, polypropylene mesh kits have been used to lift prolapsed organs back into the correct anatomical position. Stress urinary incontinence is the ... Read More

Florida jury awards $26.7 million to four women injured by transvaginal mesh

A Florida federal jury determined that medical device maker Boston Scientific should pay $26.7 million to four women who claim they were injured by the company’s transvaginal mesh. The jury found Boston Scientific negligent in manufacturing the Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit, a type of surgical mesh that is used to treat common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Jurors found that the device was defective at the time of its sale because it didn’t meet reasonable expectations of its intended users, and that the benefits of the device were overshadowed by the risks, ... Read More

Plaintiffs in transvaginal mesh lawsuit fight to use medical expert

Plaintiffs in a transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation (MDL) told a West Virginia federal judge that an expert who testified for C.R. Bard Inc., in previous litigation should not be barred from testifying for plaintiffs since he never signed a confidentially agreement from the medical device maker. Neeraj Kohli is a medical doctor that C.R. Bard used as an expert in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit in California state court in 2010. He was scheduled to testify in two bellwether cases as part of the MDL, but the company ended the arrangement after discovering an article Kohli had published in a medical ... Read More

Jury awards $73 million to plaintiff in transvaginal mesh lawsuit

A woman injured by transvaginal mesh intended to treat urinary incontinence has received the largest jury award of any plaintiff to date in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. Boston Scientific was ordered by a West Virginia jury to pay plaintiff Martha Salazar $73 million for injuries she received from the company’s bladder sling device. Salazar, 42, claims she was a healthy woman with a full-time job when she underwent surgery to repair a condition causing urinary incontinence. But she says the transvaginal mesh that was implanted in her – the Obtryx mesh – was defective, causing severe chronic pain. The $73 million ... Read More

Reported transvaginal mesh injuries lead to creation of non-profit support group

On October 20, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a public health notification concerning the serious complications associated with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh in repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). The FDA’s notification informed the public of the possible health risks associated with the treatment, recommended steps for physicians, and how to report an issue that has occurred because of surgical mesh. Despite the warnings released in 2008, the FDA reported in 2010 that around 300,000 women underwent surgeries to repair POP using the controversial product. Around 80 percent of 260,000 surgeries ... 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