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Thousands of Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Lawsuits Tentatively Settled

Washington, DC: Some2,600 of 3,600 Kugel Mesh lawsuits look likely to be settled as Bard Inc has agreed to pay $184 million in settlment of the majority of product liability claims.

The suits allege that the hernia patched manufactured by Bard's Warwick-based subsidiary, Davol Inc, are faulty, and numerous plaintiffs are alleging they suffered injuries caused by the Composix Kugel surgical mesh patches.

“With respect to my clients, I think Bard negotiated very much in good faith,” said a lawyer representing the plaintiffs. The cases involve the Kugel surgical mesh patches made by Davol between 2001 and 2006. The patches design includes a “memory recoil ring” that redeploys once inside the abdomen. According to the lawsuits, some of the rings broke under stress, and consequenlty became loose and migrated throughout the body, resulting in stomach pain, perforated bowels and, in some instances, death.

Following reports of injuries, Davol began a recall of the patches, which was followed by an FDA-issued mandatory recall for a range of Kugel Mesh patches. The FDA indicated that it believed the product to be dangerous or defective, according to the lawsuits.

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