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American Medical Systems, Inc. (AMS) Settles Ongoing Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits


Though there are still cases that have yet to be settled, a subsidiary of Endo International plc has recently resolved more than 100 cases regarding vaginal mesh injury claims. American Medical Systems, Inc. (AMS) has settled multi-district litigation cases in West Virginia concerning injuries and complications due to defected vaginal mesh products.

Endo International plc is a healthcare company that globally produces, manufactures, markets and distributes pharmaceutical products (brand name and generic). Some of AMS’s defected products attached to the lawsuit are listed below:

  • Apogee
  • Perigee
  • MiniArc Sling
  • IntePro Y Sling

Among other reported injuries, most women who used said products have experienced side effects and complications that include chronic pelvic pain, recurrence of prolapse and/or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). While vaginal mesh products are supposed to help treat women with SUI and pelvic organ prolapse (POP), they’re in turn creating more issues for these women, and in some cases, making matters worse. The FDA approved vaginal mesh products to help aid women with SUI and POP, but now they’re considered to be “high-risk devices” due to the continuing injuries linked to the implants.

In 2014, Endo made an agreement with multiple plaintiffs’ firms involved with vaginal mesh injury cases to pay $830 million dollars in hopes of settling a great portion of these particular injury suits. Though Endo resolved a large chunk of these cases, the company is still knee deep in open cases. Endo is reaching settlements years after they announced they’d pay millions to settle thousands of suits in regards to the injury claims.

Last year in April, Endo reported to U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin concerning the settlements they made in more than 300 cases. 108 more cases settled by Endo were reported to the judge a month later. And then again in July, 100 cases with AMS were settled.

Even with the recent cases AMS has settled, tens of thousands of cases are still open and pending between other MDLs.

Guilty Verdict Handed to Manufacturer in Bellwether Transvaginal Mesh Trial

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Lead plaintiff Martha Salazar emerged victorious in a transvaginal mesh bellwether trial, when the jury determined that the device manufacturer Boston Scientific Corp owed a total of $73.4 million to affected claimants.

First developed to treat pelvic organ prolapse, transvaginal mesh systems had been implanted in over 185,000 women by 2010. However, many women noticed complications, ranging from mild to severe, with their implants. These included “erosion” of the implants, where the mesh would break through the vaginal wall. Other complications included infections, nerve damage, extreme pain, and the inability to urinate without a catheter.

Salazar, whose trial is one of many in a larger ongoing multi-district litigation, filed suit against Boston Scientific after experiencing severe complications directly resulting from the use of their Obtryx transvaginal mesh implant product. She had the product implanted four years ago to treat her stress urinary incontinence condition; however, since receiving the transvaginal mesh implant, her suffering has only worsened. For example, one of the new symptoms Salazar allegedly experiences is permanent nerve damage.

Earlier in this year, Endo International, supervisor of American Medical Systems, agreed to pay $830 million to settle the claim that the company had been negligent in not properly warning doctors or patients of the risks associated with transvaginal mesh, though the company did not admit fault and a jury of peers did not hand down a verdict of fault. Unlike that previous case, Salazar’s is the first of its kind, in which a jury found the manufacturer of the transvaginal mesh product guilty of negligence.

Despite Salazar’s victory, there are still 12,000 pending vaginal mesh lawsuits. Other trials that fall under the jurisdiction of Boston Scientific are set to be tried later this year; one of these will be affecting at least eleven separate Obtryx vaginal mesh lawsuits.

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First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Settles for $3.35 Million

scales of justiceLast week marked a huge win for plaintiffs involved in the transvaginal mesh litigation, as a New Jersey jury announced a $3.35 million decision against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon. According to Bloomberg, the punitive damages as a result of the $3.35 million verdict could exceed $16 million.

The plaintiff in this case got the implant without knowing all the associated risks and needed 18 operations after it was implanted. Years later, the United States Food and Drug Administration investigated vaginal mesh complications and organ damage. They discovered that the mesh caused pain and harm to women. In addition, in September of 2011, an FDA advisory panel recommended the reclassification of vaginal meshes as high risk.

Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

The plaintiffs in lawsuits against four vaginal mesh manufacturers continue to grow as they try and seek damages for their pain and suffering. The product was found to have problems after being examined by a medical journal. The Federal Drug Administration also came out and said vaginal mesh was marketed without FDA approval.

Vaginal mesh is a product inserted through the vagina, and it is used to treat abdominal hernias and other ailments that affect the pelvic area. The doctors who perform this surgery have to use a sling procedure when dealing with mesh.

Among the list of problems that mesh has caused include bleeding, infection, erosion of vaginal epithelium, and bladder perforation. There is also the possibility of additional surgery to fix the problem. The FDA has issued a statement on their website about complications associated with vaginal mesh products.

Manufacturers of transvaginal mesh and sling devices include Boston Scientific, CR Bard, Johnson & Johnson, and American Medical Systems. Some of the brands under investigation include Elevate, Apogee, Avaulta, Pelvitext, Gynecare, and Gynemesh.

Written by Lulaine Compere.