Vaginal Mesh Manufacturer Ordered to Turn in Foreign Documents

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The judge overseeing transvaginal mesh lawsuits in federal court is demanding increasing evidence from the mesh manufacturers whose devices allegedly caused thousands of women to suffer serious injuries.

The effort began last October, when the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia requested American Medical Systems (AMS) to submit all foreign documents that could be relevant to the impending lawsuits. The court order stated: “The human body’s reaction to implantation of pelvic repair products does not depend on the patient’s nationality, race or native language; adverse reports from France, India, South Africa, Brazil, or Australia are as relevant as those from the United States. Medical research on the efficacy of such products is relevant whether it is written in Greek or English.”

The court issued a similar to Boston Scientific two weeks ago, ordering more information on the company’s ProteGen vaginal mesh sling, which the company had been contesting for months. The ProtoGen sling was on the market for only two years before the company issued a recall due to complications. It was a predecessor for later transvaginal mesh products that have caused so many women harm.

Transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending in federal courts now exceed 8,000. By early next year, the number of vaginal mesh lawsuits filed is expected to reach 10,000.

Women who received a transvaginal mesh implant and suffered complications such as pain, infection, mesh erosion, recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and/or stress urinary incontinence (SUI), urinary problems, and painful intercourse are seeking compensation for their expenses and injuries.

Judge Goodwin is overseeing the litigation filed against the following manufacturers: Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon, C.R. Bard Inc.

Lawsuits allege that the manufacturers of the mesh failed to warm patients about potential risks. To learn more, call 1-(888)-217-3033.

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