Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

Another legal decision against Ethicon

A judge recently ordered Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division to pay Irish health care products manufacturer Covidien $176.5 million in damages over a patent dispute, Bloomberg reports.

At the conclusion of a non-jury trial, U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven, Conn., ruled that Ethicon infringed three U.S. patents for ultrasonic surgical instruments owned by Covidien.

Ethicon recently suffered another multi-million setback, in the form of an $11.1 million jury award ...

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Court Records: Mesh Maker Knowingly Used Unsafe Plastic

According to court records, the company CR Bard Inc. used a type of resin-based plastic for its transvaginal mesh devices, despite being warned that the plastic wasn’t suitable for implantation in humans, Bloomberg reports.

Transvaginal mesh implants, made by a number of different manufacturers, are used to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. They have generated widespread complaints of breaking down in patients’ bodies and causing health problems including infections, chronic pain and organ perforation.

In February, ...

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Medications available for urinary incontinence

According to the Mayo Clinic, the underlying cause and severity of urinary incontinence determine what type of treatment may be most appropriate.

Medication is often used in conjunction with behavioral techniques, such as bladder training, scheduled bathroom trips and fluid and diet management. While there are pros and cons to different types of treatment, one in particular has proven to be dangerous for many patients.

Transvaginal mesh implants, marketed as a treatment for ...

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First Federal Transvaginal Mesh Claim Going to Trial

woman in pain due to transvaginal meshAn article from the Daily Report Online describes a woman in Georgia who filed the first federal claim against one of the Transvaginal mesh manufacturers. The claim against C.R. Bard detailed the health problems she’s endured as a result of receiving a vaginal mesh implant. She explains the Transvaginal mesh device was implanted to solve prior bladder problems, but it only made matters worse. She immediately sought medical help for ...

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Medical device regulations criticized

A story in Canadian news magazine MacLean’s deals with the haphazard nature of medical device regulation, characterizing the problem as a “scandal in the making.”

According to the article, flawed oversight of medical devices – essentially any medical product that doesn’t work through a chemical process – is an international problem that exists in the United States and Europe, as well as Canada.

The article specifically mentions two medical devices that serve as ...

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Endo to pay $54.5 million in mesh lawsuit settlement

A unit of Endo Health Solutions, one of the four companies facing 29,000 lawsuits over vaginal mesh implants, has agreed to pay $54.5 million to settle some of those cases.

According to Bloomberg, the vaginal mesh cases have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin in Charleston, West Virginia.

The mesh implants are supposed to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse – a condition in which weakened muscles are no longer ...

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