estimated its potential liability as of from all current and future vaginal mesh cases to be at least $160 million in a March 31 SEC filing.
Given the settlement of Endo Health, and the $5.5 million verdict in favor of the plaintiffs in the first transvaginal mesh trial last August, additional settlements with other manufacturers of transvaginal mesh could be on the horizon.
Accordingly to Reuters, market data submitted to the FDA showed that, in 2010, approximately 300,000 women underwent surgery for pelvic organ prolapse, and that approximately one-third of those patients used transvaginal mesh. Moreover, about 260,000 women underwent surgery for stress urinary incontinence in 2010, with 80 percent of those patients using transvaginal mesh.
Transvaginal mesh has been linked to serious injuries, including infections, pain, and other complications. In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers that the implants were associated with complications, but that such complications were rare. Between 2008 and 2010, however, the FDA reported a substantial increase – a fivefold increase – in the number of injuries reported.
In 2012, the FDA ordered manufacturers of the urinary implants to conduct further studies regarding the safety and risks associated with the medical implants and, as we have reported, Johnson & Johnson announced in June 2012 that it would stop selling four types of mesh implants used to treat urinary incontinence.
Defective medical devices – including pacemakers, hip implants, and transvaginal mesh – can cause serious injuries and even death. In these cases, the defective product’s manufacturer can and should be held liable for the resulting injuries and deaths.
At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago medical device lawyers are committed to helping the victims of defective medical devices and unsafe pharmaceuticals obtain full and fair financial recovery. After listening to the circumstances of your situation, we will conduct a thorough analysis of any possible legal claims, including product liability and medical malpractice claims. We will explain your legal rights to you so that you can make an informed decision about how to proceed, and we will vigorously advocate on your behalf to get you the compensation that you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective medical device, such as transvaginal mesh, contact the Chicago product liability attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC at (312) 600-0000 to learn more about a possible legal claim.