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Hundreds of Australian women file transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson

Nearly 400 Australian women have filed transvaginal mesh injury lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson in what may be the biggest product liability class action lawsuit in Australian history. The women claim the company’s surgical mesh product used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence caused them to suffer chronic or life threatening injuries. Trish Sara joined the lawsuit after suffering complications leading to multiple surgeries during which she had to have part of her bowel removed. She was implanted with a bladder sling in 2008, confident that it would remedy her embarrassing urinary incontinence. However, from the moment ... Read More

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

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

3 medical devices that can harm you

Medical devices are vitally important to the industry. They vary in complexity and application, from tongue depressors and disposable gloves to implants and prostheses. Because they are used to diagnose, prevent or treat disease or other conditions, these items are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure their safety and efficacy. However, this does not guarantee the devices don’t have hidden design flaws that can cause serious health risks. Here are three commonly used medical devices that were designed to help people, but ultimately caused more harm that good: 1. Transvaginal mesh – Also known as vaginal ... 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