The parent company of American Medical Systems has announced it will pay $54.5 million to settle some of the thousands of surgical mesh lawsuit claims that have been filed by women allegedly injured by its products, Reuters.com reports.

According to a regulatory filing issued June 20th with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. did not disclose how many cases, which were filed over products including the Perigee, Apogee and Elevate implants, would be included in the agreement.

Potential Liability in AMS Surgical Mesh Lawsuits May Total at Least $160 Million

Although Endo Health did not admit any liability or fault in the surgical mesh lawsuits the company paid to resolve, American Medical Systems estimated its potential liability to be at least $160 million as of March 31. According to the Reuters report, this information was disclosed in another regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

According to a June 21st report from Bloomberg.com, more than 5,000 surgical mesh lawsuit claims have been filed over products marketed by American Medical Systems, many of which are pending in a federal litigation established in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia.(In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2325)

Also in the Southern District of West Virginia, separate proceedings have been established to coordinate claims filed by women allegedly injured by products from Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, Boston Scientific and C.R. Bard Inc. These litigations include: In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2326); In re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2187”), and In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2327”).

American Medical Systems Predicts More Surgical Mesh Lawsuits

AMS acknowledged the mounting litigation in a regulatory filing from May and said it expects the number of lawsuits to climb. According to market data submitted to the FDA in 2010, one in three surgeries to treat pelvic organ prolapse that year used transvaginal mesh. 300,000 women underwent pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgery that year, while 260,000 patients underwent stress urinary incontinence procedures. 80 percent of those used vaginal mesh as well.

According to Reuters, an SEC filing issued in May by American Medical Systems indicated that approximately 7,700 transvaginal mesh lawsuits were pending against Endo, AMS, and certain subsidiaries as of April 26.

Injured By Mesh Manufactured by American Medical Systems? File a Surgical Mesh Lawsuit.

If you received a vaginal mesh implant manufactured by American Medical Systems or others and experienced complications, you may be eligible to file a case against the manufacturer of the transvaginal mesh used in your procedure. Contact a surgical mesh lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to find out more about the process of filing a surgical mesh lawsuit at (877) 779-1414.

Published June 24, 2013 by