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Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit News: Wright & Schulte LLC Commends Latest Transvaginal Mesh Settlement in C.R. Bard Litigation
Date:9/16/2013

from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) indicates that thousands of women with pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence have had transvaginal mesh devices implanted to treat the disorders. In 2008 and 2011, the agency issued public health alerts regarding the growing number of vaginal mesh complications that had been reported to its adverse event database, especially in women who received transvaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse. According to the FDA, the most frequently reported transvaginal mesh complications include mesh erosion and shrinkage, chronic pain, infection, and pain during sexual intercourse.
[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/PublicHealthNotifications/ucm061976.htm; FDA, October 2008]
[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/UroGynSurgicalMesh/default.htm; FDA, July 2011]

According to Bloomberg News, tens of thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in courts around the country on behalf of women allegedly injured by these devices. In addition to the C.R. Bard litigation, several other multidistrict litigations are pending in the Southern District of West Virginia for transvaginal mesh lawsuits involving other manufacturers, including:

  •     In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2325)
  •     In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2326);
  •     In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2327); and
  •     In Re: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2387).

So far, device manufacturers have lost every vaginal mesh lawsuit that has gone to trial. In July 2012, C.R. Bard was ordered to pay $3.6 mil
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