With the number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits now exceeding 8,000, the judge overseeing proceedings in federal court is cracking down on the manufacturers whose products allegedly caused women to suffer painful and unpleasant injuries.

According to a Dec. 6 editorial by Ring of Fire Radio, that effort began last October when the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia asked that American Medical Systems (AMS) turn over all foreign documents that could be deemed useful to the impending lawsuits.

In the order, the Court stated: “The human body’s reaction to implantation of pelvic repair products does not depend on the patient’s nationality, race or native language; adverse reports from France, India, South Africa, Brazil, or Australia are as relevant as those from the United States. Medical research on the efficacy of such products is relevant whether it is written in Greek or English.” 

And it didn’t stop there. Two weeks ago, the Court issued a similar order to Boston Scientific, requesting they release information on their ProteGen vaginal mesh sling, which they had been fighting for months.

The ProteGen was only on the market in the late 1990s for two years before being recalled due to complications, but served as a predecessor for transvaginal mesh devices that were later released.

The transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending in federal court were brought by plaintiffs who were implanted with the surgical material and suffered one or more of the following complications:

  • mesh erosion
  • pain
  • infection
  • recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and/or stress urinary incontinence (SUI)
  • urinary problems
  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion

Judge Goodwin, who is overseeing the proceedings, is handling lawsuits filed against the following companies: Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon, C.R. Bard Inc.

It is expected that by early next year, the number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits will reach 10,000.

Published December 7, 2012 by