Device maker Boston Scientific has been sued under the Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) for allegedly orchestrating a conspiracy to sell transvaginal mesh made from counterfeit plastic smuggled from China.
Transvaginal mesh devices are implanted in about 55,000 women each year to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The polymer used to make all of Boston Scientific’s mesh, the polypropylene Marlex HGX-030-1, had been specified in regulatory documents filed for Boston Scientific’s mesh products. No other polymers could be used in its current mesh products, Qmed reports. More Boston Scientific Sued for Racketeering and Use of Counterfeit Plastic