Endo Health Solutions, a company that made and sold transvaginal mesh products, is anticipating paying at least $520 million to women injured by its products. There are currently tens of thousands of injury lawsuits pending against Endo in court, which the company has been settling slowly but surely. Transvaginal mesh lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm outline the stipulations of this fund and the types of claims plaintiffs are filing against manufacturers.
Lawsuits concerning transvaginal mesh products only recently started going to trial, the first beginning in 2013, against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon. These mesh products were recommended for women with pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Manufacturers aggressively marketed these products to physicians and patients as relatively low-risk, non-invasive products that would fix their most sensitive medical issues.
In reality, these dangerous mesh products were made of defective plastic that can erode through vaginal walls or other organs. What makes the issue so devastating is that urologists and gynecologists were largely unaware of the severe, life-changing risks associated with these products, despite clear knowledge by manufacturers. In order to maximize profits, manufacturers illegally and maliciously failed to warn about how unsafe they actually are.
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Mesh erosion can cause a multitude of consequent health issues, ranging from painful intercourse to irreversible bladder and bowel damage. Other complications cited by plaintiffs include abscesses, recto-vaginal fistulas, intense and chronic pain, and organ perforation. Between 2008 and 2010, nearly 3,000 reports were made to the FDA about serious complications with mesh products. Among the most frequent complaint reports included organ perforation.
Hundreds of thousands of women had mesh products implanted that were manufactured by five different companies: Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, Boston Scientific, and American Medical System’s Endo Health Solutions. All are now facing massive litigation.
Plaintiffs involved in litigation claim that these companies sold defective products that caused chronic, severe, often life-changing complications. Many women have had to undergo several revision surgeries to fix the problems caused by transvaginal mesh products. Experts in these cases are testifying that these products were not adequately tested before being put on market, among other claims.
Although Endo has set aside $520 million for ongoing litigation, the company readily admitsthat it does not know exactly how much it will ultimately end up costing them. In June 2013, the company agreed to pay nearly $54.5 million to settle an undisclosed amount of mesh claims.
Other lawsuits against these manufacturers claim the companies
- Placed profits over the health and safety of patients
- Failed to establish safe methods for mesh removal
- Failed to provide adequate training information to physicians
- Intentionally misled the FDA, medical community and the public about the products
- Failed to follow due process in testing and research to determine the actual product risks
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Our team of transvaginal mesh lawyers is actively investigating and pursuing cases of severe injury from these products. We are dedicated to helping women and families whose lives were negatively impacted by dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices. If you or someone you love was implanted with a mesh device and suffered any type of injury, contact our firm immediately, as you may be able to take part in the mass litigation and receive significant compensation. Our case reviews are free, confidential, and conducted by women who understand the sensitive nature of this issue.