Health Canada Issues Pelvic Implant Alert as Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Filings in the U.S. Top 50,000
Health regulators in Canada have warned hospitals there about the pelvic implant complication reports it receives regularly from women who may have since gone on to file vaginal mesh lawsuit claims of chronic pain, organ damage and other life-altering injuries.
In a May 13th Notice to Hospitals, Health Canada said mesh erosion and contraction, infection, dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse), and muscular damage are among the transvaginal mesh side effects noted in these reports. The Canadian agency said it is reviewing labelling on these devices, which are designed to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), to determine if women have adequately been warned about the alleged potential for these side effects to occur. If they are found to be insufficient, Health Canada said additional warnings will be added to transvaginal mesh packaging.
This is not the first time health regulators have alerted the public about federal complaint reports involving transvaginal mesh. Since 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued multiple warnings about these devices, starting with a notice that year that categorized their risk for side effects as ‘rare.’ The federal agency revised its stance three years later to say transvaginal mesh complications were ‘not rare.’
More than 50,000 Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Filed in U.S.
Since then, at least 50,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. against such manufacturers as Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, American Medical Systems and its parent company, Endo International Plc, Boston Scientific, and C.R. Bard Inc. The majority of these claims are pending in separate federal multidistrict litigations created in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia on behalf of women who similarly accuse the above companies of failing to provide adequate warnings about vaginal mesh side effects, which may result in serious and debilitating injuries. Plaintiffs further allege that surgery to remove the mesh may not adequately repair damages caused by the pelvic implants.
In addition to pelvic implant cases filed at the federal level, thousands of additional claims over mesh marketed by C.R. Bard and Ethicon are currently pending in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. Women in these cases similarly allege that the companies were negligent in designing, manufacturing and distributing its products, given their association with side effects.
Filing a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
The time is now to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit against the manufacturer whose pelvic implant may have injured you. Call one of our attorneys today to learn more at (877) 779-1414.