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Transvaginal Mesh Makers Target of Lawsuits and Federal Action

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Over 650 women have filed lawsuits against transvaginal mesh manufacturers, alleging the mesh makers failed to adequately warn patients about the risks involved with transvaginal mesh, and knowingly produced defective products.

Transvaginal mesh is used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The mesh supports organs like the bladder so they do not prolapse, or fall. The mesh is implanted through the abdomen or transvaginally and the surrounding tissue weaves itself through the mesh, making it a permanent support.

Last year, the FDA issued a warning regarding the mesh urging physicians to consider alternative therapies saying “serious risks” from the mesh “are not rare,” reversing an early statement that they were rare. The FDA reports that between 2008 and 2010 it received 2,874 adverse event reports including tissue erosion, infection, organ perforation, bleeding, pain, and increased urinary problems.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that hundreds of cases filed against the three largest manufacturers have been consolidated by the U.S. Judicial Panel under one judge. The FDA has also instructed 33 mesh manufacturers to complete a three-year follow up study regarding the safety and efficacy of the transvaginal mesh

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Transvaginal Mesh Makers Target of Lawsuits and Federal Action was posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 at 8:57 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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