A unit of Endo Health Solutions, a manufacturer of transvaginal mesh, recently agreed to pay $54.5 million to settle some of the claims against it.* The unit, American Medical Systems, disclosed the information in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission.* Among the medical devices at issue in the lawsuits were the Perigee, Apogee and Elevate mesh implants.*
There are currently approximately 5,000 cases against American Medical Systems relating to its transvaginal mesh products, most of which are filed in a West Virginia federal court and grouped together in a multi-district litigation proceeding.* Importantly, the above settlement does not apply to those cases.*
In addition to the lawsuits against manufacturers of transvaginal mesh implants, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a report in August of 2011, which found that products utilizing transvaginal mesh should be classified as “posing a high risk to patients.”* In making its determination, the FDA relied on reports regarding side-effects from January 2008 to December 2010.*
There have already been several transvaginal mesh trials in state courts across the nation. In July 2012, a California trial court awarded an injured woman $3.6 million against Bard.* A state court in Atlantic City, New Jersey awarded a plaintiff $11 million.* Altogether, there are approximately 29,000 lawsuits alleging injuries caused by products using transvaginal mesh.* The large number of lawsuits has hit Endo Health Solutions hard. In fact, Moody’s even lowered its outlook for the company after seeing the company’s vulnerability to suit.*
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* Endo Health Unit Pays $55 Million in Vaginal Mesh Accord, (June 20, 2013), http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-21/endo-health-unit-pays-55-million-in-vaginal-mesh-accord.html