Nationwide, there have been a total of three transvaginal mesh recalls issued as a result of adverse health complications linked to the products. Vaginal mesh implants, which are used for the treatment of women’s urinary problems, have recently been associated with mesh erosion, infections, pain (including dyspareunia), and organ perforation. Fortunately, women who have suffered mesh complications may have legal recourse by filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Free Mesh Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured or suspect that you may have complications directly linked to the placement of a mesh product that has been recalled, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the mesh and we can help.
Update: New Jersey Jury Awards Plaintiff $68 Million in Bard Mesh Lawsuit
April 20, 2018 – A jury in Bergen County, New Jersey, has awarded $68 million ($33 million in compensatory damages and $35 million in punitive damages) to a woman who claims she was severely injured by C.R. Bard’s Avaulta Solo Support and Align Trans-Obturator Urethral Support Systems. Plaintiff Mary McGuinness was awarded $23 million in actual damages and her husband Thomas was awarded $10 million for loss of consortium, according to court documents.
Which Mesh Products Have Been Recalled?
To date, the following nationwide mesh recalls have been issued:
1999 – Boston Scientific recalls its ProteGen transvaginal mesh after it was connected to a large number of adverse health complications submitted to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
June 2012 – Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, announced a nationwide recall for its Gynecare line of vaginal mesh after the company was slapped with more than 1,000 lawsuits over the devices. Specific products affected by the recall included:
- Gynecare Prolift Kit
- Gynecare Prolift + M Kit
- Gynecare TVT Secure
- Gynecare Prosima Pelvic Floor Repair System Kit
July 2012 – C.R. Bard recalls its Avaulta Plus mesh after a California jury awards a patient $5.5 million in damages over complications caused by the device. The landmark case was the first transvaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial among hundreds of similar claims filed in courthouses around the country.
Click here to read the watchdog group Public Citizen’s argument for issuing a recall for all vaginal mesh products.
Transvaginal Mesh FDA Warning
In its review of the medical literature from 1996 to 2010, the FDA found that women implanted with surgical mesh are at an increased risk of adverse health complications compared to those treated with conventional surgical techniques. The administration found that while mesh often corrects the anatomy, there was no evidence of greater clinical benefit over non-mesh procedures.
“The FDA is asking surgeons to carefully consider all other treatment options and to make sure that their patients are fully informed of potential complications from surgical mesh,” William Maisel, MD, MPH, deputy director of FDA’s center for devices and radiological health, said in a statement. “Mesh is a permanent implant — complete removal may not be possible and may not result in complete resolution of complications.”
Do I Have a Mesh Recall Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in mesh recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new mesh recall cases in all 50 states.
Free Mesh Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured or suspect that you may have complications directly linked to the placement of a mesh product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a mesh recall suit and we can help.