Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
By the end of July, more than 100 people had filed lawsuits against Bard Avaulta over complications resulting from their transvaginal mesh products, AboutLawsuits.com is reporting. At least 84 of the cases were filed in the federal court system and another 37 cases have been filed in New Jersey state court.
All of the complaints involve similar allegations that the transvaginal mesh devices were defectively designed and that C.R. Bard, the manufacturer of the Bard Avaulta vaginal mesh, “failed to adequately research the risks associated with the mesh or warn about the risk of possible complications that can result in pain and disfigurement.”
C.R. Bard is not the only manufacturer facing lawsuits over transvaginal mesh. By July 25, more than 400 people had filed a transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Ethicon, Inc., owned by Johnson & Johnson, over problems with their Gynecare mesh products used for treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). Most transvaginal mesh lawsuits are based on claims of product defects, negligence, failure to warn, and strict liability.
FDA Warnings on Transvaginal Mesh
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two separate warnings concerning the safety of transvaginal placement of surgical mesh.
- 2008 FDA Public Health Notification: At the time of this release the FDA had received over 1,000 reports from nine surgical mesh manufacturers of complications that were associated with surgical mesh devices used to repair POP and SUI.
- 2011 FDA Safety Communication: From Jan. 01, 2008 through Dec. 31, 2010, the FDA received 2,874 additional reports of complications associated with surgical mesh devices used to repair POP and SUI.
Side Effects of Transvaginal Mesh
- Erosion through the vagina (vaginal epithelium)
- Urinary problems
- Recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence
- Bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion
- Dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse)
- Narrowing of the vaginal wall (in POP repair)
- In some cases, vaginal scarring and mesh erosion led to a significant decrease in patient quality of life due to discomfort and pain
Other Companies that Make Transvaginal Mesh
- American Medical Systems
- Boston Scientific
- Tyco Covidien
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