Boston Scientific’s Second Bellwether Case for Transvaginal Mesh Injury Begins
Pharmaceutical company Boston Scientific faces its second bellwether case in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving its transvaginal mesh and the potential personal injury caused by the medical devices.
The bellwether case began on Thursday, August 14th, and was filed by Maria Cardenas. Her transvaginal mesh trial is expected to take 2 to 4 weeks.
Boston Scientific won its first bellwether case on July 29th. Jurors found that Boston Scientific’s Pinnacle transvaginal mesh device was properly designed and implanted, and that the manufacturer adequately warned plaintiff Diane Albright and her doctors about the potential dangers of using such a device.
“We are pleased with the outcome,” Denise Kaigler, a spokeswoman for Boston Scientific, said in an e-mail. “Patient safety is of utmost importance to Boston Scientific and we dedicate significant resources to deliver safe, high-quality products.”
Because of numerous complaints about the transvaginal mesh devices eroding, which can cause organ perforation, bleeding, infection, severe pain, and continued organ prolapse, the FDA ordered major transvaginal mesh manufacturers like Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson to study the devices’ effectiveness more in depth. Recently, the regulatory agency stated that it would not allow any more transvaginal mesh devices to use the 510(k) process, which allows medical devices substantially similar to previously-approved devices to get a “quick approval.” Transvaginal mesh devices today are based on one original device, the Gynecare ProLift, which was approved in 1996 but then recalled in 1999 because of the side effects.
History of Transvaginal Mesh Problems
The six current transvaginal mesh MDLs are:
- C.R. Bard MDL 2187: In Re C. R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation.
- Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon MDL 2327: In Re Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation
- American Medical Systems MDL 2325: In Re American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation
- Boston Scientific MDL 2326: In Re Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation
- Mentor ObTape MDL 2004: In re Mentor Corp. ObTape Transobturator Sling Products Liability Litigation
- Coloplast MDL 2387: IN RE: Coloplast orp. Pelvic Support Systems
Recently, due to the high number of personal injury claims involving transvaginal mesh devices, CR Bard, Endo Health Solutions, Boston Scientific, Coloplast, and Cook Medical, began settlement discussions. Reportedly, these five transvaginal mesh manufacturers faced a total of 30,000 personal injury lawsuits. Johnson & Johnson, meanwhile, has not agreed to any settlement talks and will continue facing bellwether trials in its MDL in Virginia.
The Strom Law Firm Fights for Women in Transvaginal Mesh Personal Injury Case
Transvaginal mesh kits were initially produced to help with pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Several varieties of mesh kits exist, but transvaginal mesh specifically was supposed to produce less scarring and pain, because the procedure was less invasive. However, vaginal mesh slings can cause a host of problems, including organ perforation, infection, internal scarring, continued organ prolapse, and bleeding. If you or a loved one has pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, have had a transvaginal mesh device implanted, and have since experienced detrimental complications, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced lawyers at Strom Law, LLC can help. We offer free consultations, so please contact us today, and we can help get you on the road to recovery. 803.252.4800