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New Florida Lawsuit Joins Transvaginal Mesh MDL

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The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP, advocates for victims harmed by defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston Division, where it joins hundreds of lawsuits pending in multidistrict litigation. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Pinellas County, Florida woman who claims that two transvaginal mesh devices caused her injury. The lawsuit names mesh manufacturers C.R. Bard and Johnson & Johnson as defendants.

The lawsuit alleges that the Pelvilace To Trans-Obturator Biourethral Support System and the Gynecare TVT Device, implanted in April 2006 and February 2008 to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) caused the plaintiff to suffer significant physical and mental pain, permanent injury, substantial permanent and physical deformity and the loss of her bodily organ system.

The lawsuit claims the mesh systems are defective because they react with body tissue, causing the risk of vaginal infection, extrusion, erosion, perforation, and chronic pain and abscess. The suit alleges that the defendants knew about these defects and the increased risks of serious injury, yet they continued to market the devices and failed to warn consumers and physicians about these risks. The suit further contends that the defendants made false statements regarding the safety of the devices, and misrepresented them to the FDA. The transvaginal mesh systems were approved through the FDA 510(k) program, which exempts medical devices from the rigorous trials usually required, because the manufacturers purported the devices were “substantially equivalent” to products already on the market.

Recently, C.R. Bard lost the first transvaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial. In that landmark verdict, a California couple was awarded $5.5 million for injuries sustained due to the Avaulta Plus mesh system. disclaimer: This article: New Florida Lawsuit Joins Transvaginal Mesh MDL was posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 at 7:53 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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