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Unsealed Court Records Show CR Bard Used Plastic Unsuitable for Humans in Mesh Products

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Unsealed court records show that CR Bard Inc. sold transvaginal mesh products that were made of a plastic that is unfit to be implanted in humans.

Bard’s Davol unit apparently used a resin-based plastic made by a Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. unit to manufacture hernia mesh products even though Chevron specifically warned that the material was unsafe for permanent implantation. Lawsuits have been filed against Bard on the behalf of plaintiffs who claim the company used the same material in some of its vaginal mesh products. Emails filed in federal court show a Davol executive told colleagues not to tell Chevron or other resin makers that the company was using the material in medical devices being implanted in humans, according to Bloomberg News.

About 20,000 lawsuits have been filed against Bard, Johnson & Johnson, Endo Health Solutions Inc., American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific Corp., Coloplast Corp., and Cook Medical Inc., alleging injuries from transvaginal mesh products. The first of those cases, filed on behalf of Donna Cisson, 54, is set to go to trial next month. The complaint alleges that the Avaulta design was defective and that Bard failed to warn consumers about the risk. Cisson will be able to seek punitive damages if the jury finds that Bard’s conduct justified it, Bloomberg News reported. disclaimer: This article: Unsealed Court Records Show CR Bard Used Plastic Unsuitable for Humans in Mesh Products was posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 7:35 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits, Personal Injury Lawsuits, Product Liability Lawsuits.

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