The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP continues to fight for the rights of victims of defective medical devices, and has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Wyoming woman who was harmed by a transvaginal mesh product.
The lawsuit was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston Division, where it joins many consolidated in multidistrict litigation, and names Ethicon, Inc., Ethicon Women’s Health and Urology, Gynecare and Johnson & Johnson as defendants.
The lawsuit says the plaintiff was implanted with a Gynecare Gynemesh PS in September 2005 to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Though the FDA approved the transvaginal mesh as a treatment for those conditions, the agency has since decided there is no medical advantage in using the mesh products over alternative methods.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that the defendants marketed and sold the mesh despite knowing of the increased risks of vaginal perforation, extrusion, erosion, infection, chronic pain and abscess. She alleges that the device has caused her to suffer significant physical and mental pain, permanent injury, permanent and substantial physical deformity, and loss of a bodily organ system.
Though Johnson & Johnson decided to halt sales of four transvaginal mesh products, they told Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin they will continue selling the Gynecare Gynemesh PS, with a revised product label.