Transvaginal Mesh Case Begins in West Virginia Court
The first of 10,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson was scheduled to begin trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia last week.
According to the Charleston Gazette newspaper, some 50,000 transvaginal mesh cases are assigned to Judge Joseph Goodwin in that district, with around 10,000 of those based on Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon-produced TVT Retropubic and Gynecare Prolift pelvic meshes. The Judge designated the trial that just began as a “bellwether” or test case.
Women who have received the products have claimed that it degrades, shrinks and requires replacement, along with other medical complications.
The lawsuit on Monday was that of Texas resident Carolyn Lewis, who was implanted with mesh in 2009. Jurors hearing the case will have to decide if the design of the product was defective and if the company was negligent. They could also award punitive damages.
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Johnson & Johnson’s products are not the only ones causing lawsuits; C.R. Bard Inc., Endo Health Solutions Inc. (ENDP), Boston Scientific Corp. (BSX) and several other transvaginal mesh device manufacturers are facing ongoing lawsuits over their products.
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ZK’s ‘Did You Know?’: The FDA estimated that 300,000 women had pelvic organ prolapse surgery in 2010 and mesh was used in a third of procedures.