29 May 2015

Transvaginal Mesh Implant Settlements

Have you been injured by a transvaginal mesh implant from C.R. Bard? If so, you are among the many thousands of women who have been affected by these products and are likely entitled to financial compensation. These transvaginal mesh implants are quickly being recalled from the market owing to the countless reports of injury and infection. If you have been negatively impacted in any way, then you have legal rights are entitled to justice. For more information on the matter, read on to learn about transvaginal mesh implants and the controversy surrounding them and C.R. Bard particularly.

Recently, an increasing number of consumers have begun filing lawsuits against companies like Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon), Coloplast, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Boston Scientific and of course – Bard Medical. These companies are all manufacturers of transvaginal mesh implants that turned out to be defective and dangerous. Many women have suffered permanent, irreversible damage as a result and the subject is currently garnering a lot of attention from the media.

What Are Transvaginal Mesh Implants?

Transvaginal mesh implants are medical devices that are designed to provide relief by supporting the pelvic organs and combating stress urinary incontinence. These are uncomfortable and embarrassing conditions that are suffered by a large number of women. Stress urinary incontinence is characterized by poor bladder control that is triggered by laughing, coughing, sneezing or exercise. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs meanwhile when the muscles of the pelvis weaken, allowing the bladder, rectum and uterus to descend into the vagina. Both conditions can be the result of hysterectomy, childbirth or menopause.

In theory, the mesh implants work by being inserted through the vagina where they are then intended to provide structural support for the sagging organs, working like a ‘net’. They can be implanted surgically through the abdomen but many of these products are/were designed to be inserted directly through the vagina which is less invasive.

Health Problems
Unfortunately, many of these products were allegedly flawed in their design and caused erosion of the vaginal tissues and organ perforation. Often these issues were triggered by the deterioration of the implant.

This damage to the surrounding tissue and organs could then result in a number of chronic conditions, including:

  • Permanent pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Perforation
  • Erosion
  • Vaginal tightening
  • Pain during intercourse

Many women also found that the product impacted negatively on their sex lives, placing strain on their relationships. In one case, an infection caused by one of these implants is believed to have led to the death of a victim.

About Mesh Manufacturer C.R. Bard

If you’ve been using a transvaginal mesh implant then it might not have been immediately obvious who the manufacturer was. That’s because most of these companies produce multiple, similar products under different names. The defective products manufactured by C.R. Bard specifically are:

  • Align
  • 
Avaulta Plus BioSynthetic Support System
  • 
Avaulta Solo Support System
  • 
Avaulta Solo Synthetic Support System
  • BioSynthetic Support System
  • CollaMend Implant
  • 
Faslata Allograft
  • 
Pelvicol Tissue
  • 
Pelvilace
  • 
PelviSoft Biomesh
  • 
Pelvitex Polypropylene Mesh
  • 
Pelvitex Propylene Mesh
  • 
Ugytex
  • Ugytex Dual Knit Mesh
  • 
Uretex
Uretex TO
  • Uretext TOO2
  • 
Uretex TOO3

As for how the various devices differ, the variations generally affect the method of insertion/implantation, as well as the material that the vaginal mesh is made from.
C.R. Bard is a company that focuses specifically on treatments for urinary discomfort. The organization was formed in 1907 by one Charles Russell Bard and today has around 12,000 employees selling 8,000 products in 90 different countries.

C.R. Bard had a history of producing high quality products but recently has not been without its controversies. In 1933, Bard was involved in one of the largest medical fraud cases to date. The company pleaded guilty to 391 criminal charges involving faulty heart catheters that were in use between 1987 and 1990. These catheters caused a number of problems resulting in one emergency surgery and one death. More recently, Bard has also been under investigation for its general marketing and sales practices.

With regards to the current issue with transvaginal meshes, C.R. Bard was the first company to be involved lawsuits pertaining to the meshes. In 2012, it was ordered to pay several million to one Christine Scott. Earlier that year, the company withdrew its Avaulta Plus mesh products.

Since then, over 12,000 federal Bard lawsuits have been consolidated into a single multidistrict litigation (MDL) with a large number of state cases still pending. They have settled about 500 cases so far.

These products had managed to obtain FDA approval but this was via the 510(K) process which essentially means that the manufacturers only have to demonstrate that their products are similar to other products already on the market.

Should You Sue?
The question many people will be asking at this point is whether or not you should file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit? The answer, if you have been in any way negatively affected by one of these products, is yes. Not only will many victims suffer financial hardship owing to time off work or medical bills, but the personal trauma and pain and suffering that you have gone through also deserves compensation.

If you need a transvaginal mesh lawyer who can help you with your claim, then be sure to get in touch and we will provide a free consultation to outline the process and to assess your case. We realize this is a sensitive subject and our job is to try and help you make it right. Time may be limited to file your claim so it is important to take action promptly.

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