Endo Pharmaceuticals Agrees to Pay $55 Million in Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Settlement
Endo Pharmaceuticals, parent company of American Medical Systems, announced last month that it will pay $54.5 million in a vaginal mesh lawsuit settlement to resolve some of the thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuit claims brought against American Medical Systems by women who allege injuries associated with its products, according to Reuters.
A regulatory filing issued June 20th by Endo and made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) did not indicate the number of cases involved. The lawsuits were brought over a number of American Medical Systems transvaginal mesh products including the Perigee, Apogee, and Elevate implants.
Potential Liability in American Medical Systems Transvaginal Mesh Claims May Total $160 Million
Endo did not admit liability or fault in the vaginal mesh settlements. Earlier this year, American Medical Systems estimated in a separate SEC filing that its potential liability stood at no less than $160 million as of March 31, according to Reuters.
Thousands of American Medical Systems lawsuits are pending in a federal litigation established in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. Separate proceedings were also established in the same federal court to coordinate transvaginal mesh claims that have been filed by women who allege injuries associated with products from Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, Boston Scientific, and C.R. Bard Inc.
In its May regulatory filing, American Medical Systems acknowledged the increasing litigation faced by the company, and indicated that it anticipates the number of vaginal mesh lawsuits to increase. The filing indicated that about 7,700 claims were pending and brought against Endo, American Medical Systems, and some subsidiaries, as of April 26th, according to Reuters.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration reported in 2010 that more than 500,000 women had undergone surgical procedures to repair pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. According to the agency, 80% of those women received transvaginal mesh.
Consider a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit If You Were Injured by an American Medical Systems Device
Women who suffered mesh erosion, pain, infection, scarring or other transvaginal mesh complications associated with an American Medical Systems device should consider filing a lawsuit against the company. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is already representing hundreds of women in vaginal mesh lawsuits, and our lawyers offer free, no-obligation legal consultations to victims of these products. To find out how a transvaginal mesh lawsuit can help you, please call 1-888-217-3033.