Devices Named in C.R. Bard Mesh Lawsuit Claims May Have Used Plastic Unsuitable for Humans, Unsealed Court Records Reveal
Certain e-mails filed in the federal C.R. Bard mesh lawsuit litigation underway in the Southern District of West Virginia have revealed that some of the company’s vaginal implants contained a plastic warned by its manufacturer to be unsuitable for use in humans, according to unsealed court documents.
On June 26th, Bloomberg.com reported that e-mails sent in 2004 and 2007 by an executive in C.R. Bard’s Davol unit alerted colleagues not to tell Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. that its resin-based plastic was being used in hernia-repair mesh devices.
The article states that in March 2004, the Davol executive, who is now a Bard vice president, wrote, “It is likely they do not know of our implant application. Please do not mention Davol’s name in any discussion with these manufacturers.”
Mesh lawyers representing women who allege injuries stemming from C.R. Bard’s line of Avaulta mesh products say company officials knew about the potential dangers of using this material in its products but kept it secret, Bloomberg.com reports.
C.R. Bard Named in 4,000+ Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
It remains to be seen whether this information will affect the thousands of federally-filed C.R. Bard Avaulta mesh lawsuits pending in the multi-district litigation underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. According to a Case List update on June 25th, 3, 3,776 cases had been filed in the proceeding, which will begin its first bellwether trial on September 23, 2013. (In re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2187)
Plaintiffs in transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed against C.R. Bard allege the devices have the potential to cause pain, infection, and other complications caused by mesh erosion and other complications.
Claims filed against vaginal mesh manufacturers American Medical Systems, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit and Boston Scientific have been filed in separate multidistrict litigations established in the Southern District of West Virginia.
At the state level, court records indicate that 550 C.R. Bard vaginal mesh lawsuits had been filed in a consolidated litigation established in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court as of June 8, 2013.
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