Published 10:01 p.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman who suffered painful injuries, allegedly due to the TVT transvaginal mesh. The device is manufactured by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), transvaginal mesh implants may expose women to greater risks compared to non-mesh methods without offering any additional benefits. Furthermore, the agency has stated that complications associated with transvaginal mesh are “not rare”.
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the TVT transvaginal mesh caused significant damage and bodily harm in a Colorado woman. The suit was filed on November 9th in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston Division (Case 2:12-cv-07553). There, it is one of many cases filed into the multidistrict litigation known as In Re: Ethicon Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2327). Ethicon, Inc., Ethicon, LLC and Johnson & Johnson have been named as Defendants.
According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff was implanted with the TVT transvaginal mesh in November 2010. Transvaginal mesh is approved and sold to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. However, the lawsuit alleges that the devices are unsafe, inherently defective and caused serious injuries to the Plaintiff. The suit points out that the devices were approved through the 510 (k) process, meaning that transvaginal mesh manufacturers only needed to conduct minimal tests before having the device approved.