Health Canada Issues Pelvic Mesh Alert
Health regulators in Canada are warning medical facilities via reports pertaining to the pelvic mesh problems the regulators encounter on a regular basis. The encounters involve women, many of whom may have gone on to file transvaginal mesh lawsuits, claiming that they suffered from organ damage, chronic pain, and other life-threatening complications.
Health Canada issued a notice to hospitals on May 13, 2014, to report that infection, muscular damage, mesh contraction and erosion, and pain during sexual intercourse are among the transvaginal mesh complications most often noted in these reports. TVM implants are designed to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The Canadian agency said it is currently reviewing the labels on the implants to determine if women have received adequate warnings about the possibility for the alleged complications to occur. If the warning labels are found to be insufficient, Health Canada said additional warnings will be added to the packaging on the implants.
This is not the first time that health regulators have alerted the public and medical communities about federal reports of alleged pelvic mesh problems. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued multiple warnings regarding these devices since 2008, starting with a notice that year that categorized the potential for pelvic mesh problems as “rare.” The FDA revised its stance three years later to inform the public that complications from these devices are “not rare.”
Pelvic Mesh Problems Continue Throughout U.S.
According to court documents, more than 50,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. against several manufacturers including C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, Endo International, American Medical Systems, Johnson & Johnson, and Ethicon. The majority of these transvaginal mesh lawsuits are pending in separate federal multidistrict litigations in the Southern District of West Virginia on behalf of plaintiffs who accuse the manufacturers of failing to adequately inform them of the possible pelvic mesh problems, which may result in severe and life-threatening injuries. Additionally, affected women claim that revision and removal procedures may not adequately repair the damages caused by the transvaginal mesh implants.
In addition to lawsuits filed at the federal level, thousands of additional transvaginal mesh claims over products marketed by Ethicon and C.R. Bard are currently pending in Atlantic County Superior Court in New Jersey. Plaintiffs in these cases allege that the companies were negligent in manufacturing, designing, and distributing their products, given the potential association with pelvic mesh problems.
Questions About a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love has been injured by or has suffered problems due to a transvaginal mesh implant, contact the TVM Info Center today to learn more about your legal rights. We can review your case and connect you with an affiliated attorney. There is no cost to speak with us, and we can connect you with one of our affiliated attorneys who can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.