Clinical medical research studies as well as an FDA literature review have found that the surgical mesh implants used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence can result in serious health adverse events and complications when used transvaginally. The growing amount of information and publicity is prompting many injured women as well as disgruntled physicians to push for mesh implant recalls from the United States Food and Drug Administration. Although the FDA did reclassify vaginal mesh implant products for SUI and POP as Class III devices earlier this year, there has not yet been an official FDA vaginal mesh recall.
As of June 4, 2012, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division made the decision to stop marketing four of its vaginal mesh implant products after repeated requests from customers and doctors for a recall as well as a large number of lawsuit claims were filed against the company. These products include:
To date there have been several hundred mesh implant cases filed against Ethicon, which is a subsidiary of parent company Johnson & Johnson designed for the on the production and marketing of surgical devices worldwide. There are also currently allegations against this vaginal mesh implant manufacturer as well that one of its implant devices, the Gynecare Prolift, was being sold without proper FDA approval for a period of three years.
There is a long list of very serious complications that can occur following a POP or SUI surgery using transvaginal mesh. Many women were not properly warned of these risks and dangers prior to receiving treatment. Additionally, mesh implants pose risks that are not present in other treatment options, many of which provide all of the same clinical benefits. Lawsuits are being filed against many makers of mesh implants in response to these serious claims. At present, the Willis Law Firm is reviewing cases against American Medical Systems, C. R. Bard, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, as well as an older brand of bladder sling, Mentor’s ObTape.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a mesh implant, sling or OBTape and would like information regarding your legal options, call the Willis Law firm today. When you call, we will provide you with a Mesh Implant Recall Litigation review free of any charge or further commitment. All mesh claims are investigated and filed on a contingency fee basis; if we do not recover money in your favor, you will not be responsible for any legal or attorney’s fees. Call us today, and let us help you get the settlement you deserve.