Transvaginal Mesh Trial Gets Underway in Federal Ethicon Litigation
A federally-filed transvaginal mesh lawsuit headed to trial Monday in West Virginia, where thousands of similar claims against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit blame the company for injuries allegedly caused by its pelvic implants, reports the CharlestonDailyMail.com.
Jury selection for the case, which involves the Gynecare TVT-O transvaginal mesh implant, began Friday, August 22nd in Charleston. This lawsuit is one of thousands transferred to the federal Ethicon mesh litigation in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, according to court records, after being filed by women who allegedly experienced chronic pain, pain during sexual intercourse, mesh erosion and other injuries. Despite the allegations made against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, the company maintains the safety of its TVT-O device in a trial that began on August 25th.
“Ethicon will vigorously defend itself in this trial. The evidence will show that Ethicon acted appropriately and responsibly in the research, development and marketing of the TVT-O midurethral sling for the treatment of SUI,” said Johnson & Johnson.
Federal Ethicon Litigation Gears Up for Second Transvaginal Mesh Trial
This is the second Ethicon case to head to trial in West Virginia, after a federal judge ruled in February that not enough evidence had presented by the plaintiff in a similar case.
According to the CharlestonDailyMail article, the first day of the transvaginal mesh trial involved the testimony from a chemical engineer who said the type of plastic used in pelvic mesh implants can degrade, after reacting with oxygen. Antioxidants can slow down the degradation process but not prevent it, he said, before cells in the body attack the polypropylene (plastic used in pelvic mesh) causing it to become brittle and cracked.
A Case List updated on August 15th reflects the filing of 19,380 pelvic mesh lawsuits against Ethicon in the Southern District of West Virginia. Additionally, thousands of cases have been centralized in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court, where a consolidated litigation now includes 7,036. Court documents were last updated in this proceeding on August 23rd.
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