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Transvaginal mesh, or “TVM” as it is often called, was not originally developed to be used to treat medical conditions affecting the female reproductive system. Surgical mesh has been around for many years, and, as that name implies, it is a woven medical grade textile that is used to reinforce a part of the body, such an organ that has experienced erosion.

sadVaginal mesh was adapted from the already existing forms of surgical mesh and was marketed as basically a cure-all for women’s health issues.  If you were suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) for example, a surgeon could implant the mesh in a simple outpatient procedure, and you would be back to normal.  This would also allow you to fix issues like stress urinary insentience. Continue reading

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In one recent case from the U.S. Supreme Court for the Fourth Circuit, a plaintiff, along with her husband, filed a lawsuit against Eithicon, the makers of a of popular transvaginal mesh medical device that has been the subject of numerous products liability lawsuits.

sadIn this case, plaintiff testified that after having the Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson) device implanted, she started to experience serious complications that resulted in significant pain and suffering.  In this case, the device was known as a Tension-Free Vaginal Tape-Obdurator. This device is typically referred to by its abbreviated name, TVT-O.   Continue reading

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In California, the state attorney general recently announced her office would be pursuing legal action against drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson for its alleged false advertising and deceptive marketing of its vaginal mesh products.woman

Now, Johnson & Johnson has fired back on those claims,with a spokeswoman telling Legal Newsline that the decision to sue the company was not just, and that the company has no plans to settle the case. Instead, it plans to fight the allegations vigorously.

Of course, it likely has no choice. To concede that it deceptively marketed or falsely advertised would be to put ammunition in the hands of thousands of plaintiffs who are still waiting for their day in court with the medical product manufacturer.  Continue reading

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Boston Scientific Corp. is a named defendant in some 36,000 product liability lawsuits related to its surgical mesh devices, also sometimes referred to as pelvic mesh, pelvic slings or transvaginal mesh. These devices have been touted as a means to repair a host of pelvic disorders in women, but instead, they have proven extremely dangerous. womanwindow

Now, the company is doing something it probably should have done long ago: Updating its safety warnings.

Of course, it shouldn’t take 35,000 lawsuits to prompt this kind of action from a pharmaceutical manufacturer, but better late than never. The question some people might have, though, is whether the safety warnings will have any impact on their ability to bring a civil lawsuit against the firm. The answer is probably not, so long as the surgery took place before the safety warnings were updated. Each individual case will be different, and there will be a lot of factors to consider, which is why we encourage anyone who suspects they may have suffered injury as a result of these devices to seek immediate legal counsel. Continue reading

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Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is facing down two lawsuits filed by attorneys general in California and Washington for failure to disclose the risks associated with their pelvic mesh – also known as vaginal mesh – devices. woman2

As it now stands, the company is already a named defendant in 25,000 personal injury lawsuits filed by U.S. consumers over the surgical mesh, which is touted as a means to shore up weakened pelvic muscles and help to control urinary incontinence. But plaintiffs – overwhelmingly women – say that’s not what happened.

Instead, they allege this device was both defectively designed and defectively manufactured and that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers of the potential risks. As a result, tens of thousands of woman and their families have suffered profound adverse effects, from intense and chronic pain, urinary dysfunction, inflammation and loss of sexual function or incredible pain during sexual intercourse.  Continue reading

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According to recent news from the Legal Reader, Johnson & Johnson, a major pharmaceuticals firm and medical device manufacturer, has agreed to settle as many as 3,000 of the products liability lawsuits it is now facing related to its transvaginal mesh implant device.

to-sign-a-contract-2-1221951-mThe reported amount of the settlement is $120 million, and it involves claims that its transvaginal mesh products caused pelvic erosion, extreme pain and discomfort, and internal organ damage as a result of manufacturing and design defects, as well as failure to adequately warn potential victims. While many lawsuits are still ongoing, somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 of the claims will be dismissed as part of this settlement. Continue reading

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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently issued a press release dealing with new changes to regulations regarding the use of transvaginal mesh (TVM) implants.

hospital-hand-1100587-mSurgical mesh has been around for decades. In the 1950s, surgeons used the material to repair hernias. Two decades later, surgeons began experimenting with the use of surgical mesh to treat a serious medical condition in women known as pelvic organ prolapse (POP).   However, at that time, surgeons would make an incision in the patient’s abdomen to implant the mesh, and this led to a longer and more painful recovery than many patients would have liked. Continue reading

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Stress Urinary Incontinence is a disease that causes pain, discomfort, and embarrassment to thousands of women in the United States each year. There are a variety of things than can lead to this condition, including childbirth, being overweight, and aging. The pelvic muscles become weak and urethral sphincter no longer functions properly. When this happens, the patient will often urinate without warning whenever there is pressure applied to the abdomen. This pressure can cause by sneezing, coughing, lifting, running, or a multitude of other normal everyday activities.

texture-072-1142165-mDoctors have some non-surgical methods to treat stress urinary incontinence, but they are generally not effective, and surgery is normally the option of choice. Surgery involves implanting a sling that holds surgical mesh in a manner that supports the urethra. It is important the mesh, which is actually a form of surgical tape, is tension free, so that is the reason the sling is used, rather than attaching the mesh directly to the area in need of support. Continue reading

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According to a recent article from FDA News, Boston Scientific has entered into a private settlement agreement with a plaintiff who was suing the company for injuries she alleged are related their defective transvaginal mesh implant.

courtroom-1-1207444-m.jpgThis transvaginal mesh lawsuit was being heard before the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Trial has already begun in this case, and there had been about a week of testimony and evidence presented prior to the parties agreeing to settle the matter, rather than letting a jury ultimately decide on the case.
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Transvaginal mesh implants were designed to treat painful and uncomfortable conditions in women, such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence. Essentially, if a woman suffered from an inability to hold back the flow of urine or pain in the vaginal walls, doctors would surgically implant one of these mesh implants to correct the problems.

doctor1.jpgMedical device companies promised women if they had this simple procedure, they would no longer have to live with painful and embarrassing conditions and would get to live a normal pain-free life. While this sounds good, the devices lead to serious problems due to design defects.

Some women suffered an erosion of the vaginal wall, causing extreme pain and suffering, and making sexual intercourse excruciating. Other victims experienced a complete inability to use their pelvic muscles, leading to extreme discomfort and uncontrollable urination. Something sold as the answer to every patient’s dreams was really a nightmare waiting to happen, as our Boston transvaginal mesh injury attorneys have seen all too often.
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