In 1996, the FDA approved transvaginal mesh to be used as a surgical device meant to alleviate stress urinary incontinence in women. Six years later it was approved yet again to treat pelvic organ prolapse. But what most women who utilized transvaginal mesh to improve their health did not realize, the mesh was “grandfathered” in by the FDA, meaning that the FDA never actually required studies to prove that the material was safe and effective since it was based upon similar mesh products with prior approvals.
This is a bit mind blowing, since most people would agree that a product being placed inside of human beings permanently should be extensively tested, regardless of similar products in the past. Since transvaginal mesh started to grow in popularity, more than 75,000 lawsuits have been filed around the country by women suffering the painful and dangerous effects of failed mesh implants.
Many multimillion dollar settlements from mesh manufacturers to plaintiffs have already occurred through vaginal mesh implant attorneys, but things are continuing to get very messy in the courtroom.
First, the manufacturer Boston Scientific is now being accused of purchasing a synthetic resin to use in the mesh implants instead of legitimate resin, which would have knowingly put every woman in danger of health issues from defective products. Boston Scientific could soon face charges of fraud, international conspiracy, and racketeering. This pattern of deceiving patients does not bode well for the company, and has cause major health problems for thousands of women.
Complaints are also coming to light that women are receiving calls from strangers who somehow know they received vaginal mesh surgery, urging them to sue based on the potential settlement available. Defendant Johnson & Johnson first raised this issue since it is illegal soliciting, but eventually the motion was withdrawn and no action was ever taken.
Transvaginal mesh lawyers around the country are working diligently to help patients who have truly suffered from transvaginal mesh defects to recuperate the money they deserve for all of their pain, but it looks like the lawsuit’s main complexities are yet to be resolved.