Have Mesh Slings Been Recalled?
Some manufacturers have stopped marketing vaginal mesh devices, but there has not been an official recall. In June 2012, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division agreed to stop selling four of its vaginal mesh sling devices. Moreover, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised physicians not to consider use of the devices as a front-line treatment for SUI and POP.
Mesh Sling Lawsuits
There have been thousands of mesh sling lawsuits filed in federal and state courts nationwide. Many have been consolidated into five multidistrict litigations (MDLs) that are underway in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Consolidation of these lawsuits into MDLs is helping to speed up pretrial proceedings, and reduce litigation costs. The cases are overseen by a single judge, but will maintain their individuality as they progress towards trial or settlement.
Women who have suffered injuries after being implanted with a vaginal mesh sling should seek the advice of a qualified personal injury lawyer on how to proceed with a mesh sling lawsuit.
Mesh Sling Jury Awards and Settlements
There have been several vaginal mesh sling cases that have been tried in U.S. courts, with the most publicized taking place in California in June 2012. The plaintiff won her case against C.R. Bard, and was awarded $5.5 million in compensation by a jury. There have been several other multi-million dollar awards – $3.35 million, and $7.75 million respectively to two women who were injured by Prolift mesh sling devices.
The latest settlement took place in June 2013, with Endo Health offering $55 million to settle an undisclosed number of mesh sling lawsuits.