Vaginal mesh devices have been the target of an increasing number of lawsuits filed on behalf of women who say they were injured by one of these devices. Women who were injured by a TVT device need to be aware of the latest updates related to the pending litigation.
FDA orders post-market safety studies of vaginal mesh devices
In January 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered 33 manufacturers of vaginal mesh devices to conduct post-market safety studies on their products. The FDA ordered the additional safety studies in response to growing concerns about the safety of transvaginal mesh. Companies that received the order included Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard and Boston Scientific, all of which are currently facing numerous lawsuits filed by women who say their vaginal mesh products caused serious side effects, including pain, swelling, tissue damage, blood vessel damage, scarring, infection and painful intercourse.
House Democrats seek hearings on vaginal mesh safety
Lead by U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman, a number of House Democrats are asking Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to schedule a congressional hearing regarding the safety of transvaginal mesh devices manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and other companies. The congressman believe the hearings are necessary to ascertain how effectively the safety of mesh implants is measured and whether current FDA approval guidelines are sufficient to protect consumers against faulty devices.
Federal vaginal mesh lawsuit centralized in multidistrict litigation
In February 2012, a U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation voted to consolidate three separate vaginal mesh multidistrict litigations (MDL) into a single proceeding before a West Virginia judge. The MDLs involve cases filed against Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems and Johnson & Johnson. The cases will be heard by the same judge that is currently presiding over an MDL involving numerous federal lawsuits filed against C.R. Bard involving its Avaulta pelvic mesh system.
The FDA has received thousands of adverse event reports from women who say they experienced complications caused by a vaginal mesh device. The FDA issued an updated safety communication last year advising women and health care providers that the risks associated with transvaginal mesh may outweigh its benefits.
If you or a loved one experienced adverse side effects after receiving a vaginal mesh implant, you may be eligible to join in the pending litigation. Your first step should be to contact an experienced California vaginal mesh attorney to discuss your legal rights.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP specializes in representing victims in all 50 states who were injured by a defective medical device, including vaginal mesh. For more information on filing a vaginal mesh injury claim, call 1-800-718-4658.