New Information Surfaces in Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Noble McIntyre on February 25, 2014

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Legendary pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has long had troubles with its vaginal mesh implants; it continues to face claims that the TVT Retropubic sling was improperly designed. The product is used to treat patients suffering from female urinary incontinence. This month, though, news broke that Johnson & Johnson had improperly destroyed files regarding some of the implants, and now it sounds as though juries are going to hear evidence of that destruction.

The first of J&J’s vaginal mesh trials began and ended this month in West Virginia. The plaintiff claimed that the TVT Retropubic sling eroded and shrank over time, which caused pain and injury, but J&J convinced the judge to throw out the lawsuit. The troubles are far from over, though; more than one million women have had vaginal mesh implants inserted since the device’s FDA approval in 1998, but there are currently over 12,000 federal court claims over this and other vaginal mesh inserts.

According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration website:

The most frequent complications included erosion through vaginal epithelium, infection, pain, urinary problems, and recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence. There were also reports of bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion. In some cases, vaginal scarring and mesh erosion led to a significant decrease in patient quality of life due to discomfort and pain, including dyspareunia.

Treatment of these complications can include surgical procedures, IV therapy, blood transfusions and drainage of hematomas or abscesses.

If you have a vaginal mesh implant and have experienced any of the following complications, you should contact your health care provider immediately:

  • Recurring pre-surgery problems like urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Vaginal infections
  • Constipation or difficult bowel movements
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Lower back pain
  • Sensation that something is protruding from the vagina
  • Bladder outlet obstruction
  • Urine leakage
  • Mesh erosion
  • Abdominal pressure
  • Recurrence of dropped organs
  • Chronic infection

A jury in Atlantic City, New Jersey, ruled last year that J&J must pay $11.1 million to a woman who claimed to have been injured by a Prolift device. However, although J&J decided last year to stop selling some lines of vaginal mesh implants after the wave of lawsuits, the company maintains that the devices are safe and that the included warnings about the possibility of complications is adequate.

If you believe that you’ve been injured as a result of complications from a vaginal mesh device, call McIntyre Law, P.C. today. Our team of experienced lawyers can help you with your vaginal mesh injury claim.

Noble McIntyre

Noble McIntyre is the senior partner and owner of McIntyre Law who focuses primarily on drug litigation and catastrophic injury cases. He is currently representing clients injured by the drugs Paxil, Levaquin and testosterone therapy drugs and by clients affected by oil field injuries. His goal has and continues to be to work diligently on behalf of his clients to achieve the highest and best result for his clients’ injuries while maintaining professionalism and abiding by all ethical standards of his profession. Read more about Noble McIntyre.

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