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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

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Boston Scientific faces transvaginal mesh lawsuits alleging the company's transvaginal mesh device was defectively designed and improperly tested. Among the alleged transvaginal mesh complications are a risk of mesh erosion, infection and pelvic pain. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Boston Scientific and the makers of other transvaginal mesh products, alleging women were harmed by the use of these devices.


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Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Transvaginal mesh devices are surgically implanted in women to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and/or Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). The device is designed to prevent internal organs from coming into contact with each other.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released repeated warnings about transvaginal mesh devices, although as of January 2015 the devices have not been recalled. In 2011 the FDA warned that the use of surgical mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse may have greater risk than other surgeries without evidence of greater benefit.

In 2014, the FDA proposed a reclassification of surgical mesh devices used for pelvic organ prolapse from being a moderate-risk device to a high-risk device. That move requires manufacturers to submit a premarket approval application for the devices. The FDA's announcement came after a September 2011 advisory panel recommendation that the devices be reclassified.

Transvaginal sling complications include the following:
  • mesh erosion into the vagina, bladder, intestines and uterus
  • infection
  • pelvic pain
  • urinary problems, including recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence
  • development of urinary retention
  • bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion
  • vaginal scarring
  • dyspareunia (pain with sexual relations)
  • fistulas and recurrence of prolapsed organs
  • neuropathic pain
Some women have required revision surgery to repair damage allegedly caused by transvaginal mesh devices. They may also have undergone blood transfusions, IV therapy, and/or drainage of hematomas or abscesses.

Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Among Boston Scientific's transvaginal mesh devices are the following brands:
  • Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System
  • Obtryx® Transobturator Mid-Urethral Sling System
  • Pinnacle® Anterior-Apical Pelvic Floor Repair Kit
  • Pinnacle® Duet Pelvic Floor Repair Kit
  • Pinnacle® Posterior Pelvic Floor Repair Kit
  • Uphold Vaginal Support System

Boston Scientific Lawsuits

Boston Scientific faces approximately 14,000 lawsuits consolidated for pretrial proceedings in the Southern District of West Virginia before Judge Goodwin (In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2326). Several lawsuits have already gone to trial, with results favoring the plaintiffs. Included in those:
  • An award for $18.5 million to four women in November 2014;
  • An award for $26.7 million to four women in November 2014;
  • An award for $73 million to a woman in September 2014 (later reduced to $34 million).

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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Settlements Could Take Time
Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Settlements Could Take Time
July 28, 2016
Santa Clara, CA: Despite recent settlements, plaintiffs who have filed Boston Scientific transvaginal mesh lawsuits, which have been consolidated as a mass torte, have been told not to expect a global resolution in the near future. READ MORE

$100M Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh Injury Settlement Reduced
$100M Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh Injury Settlement Reduced
October 12, 2015
A $100 million dollar settlement awarded to a woman who sued Boston Scientific over injuries related to its pelvic mesh devices, has been reduced to $10 million by a judge in Delaware. Importantly, however, the judge did uphold the verdict, which found that Boston Scientific’s Pinnacle device and Advantage Fit sling caused Deborah Barba pain such that she required subsequent surgeries to remove the devices. READ MORE


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