Kentucky, Beware the Woes of Transvaginal Mesh: A Sixth MDL Is Formed

It’s the story of dashed expectations. Patients with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) expected relief from their painful and unpleasant symptoms. The manufacturers of transvaginal mesh implants expected a successful, profitable product.

Now, Coloplast—one of six manufacturers of transvaginal mesh implants—faces the sixth multidistrict litigation (MDL), this time in the Southern District of West Virginia.

An Overview of Transvaginal Mesh Complications 

Transvaginal mesh is a pelvic repair device. It is used to support the organs in the pelvic region in older women whose pelvic muscles have weakened from pregnancy or childbirth. You probably know a woman with POP or SUI in Kentucky.

According to drugwatch.com, some manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices based their designs on faulty prototypes. Instead of alleviating patients’ pain and discomfort, the device worsened their condition. These are some of the complications:

  • pain;
  • infection;
  • erosion through the vagina (also called exposure, extrusion, or protrusion);
  • perforation of organs;
  • pelvic bleeding;
  • increased urinary incontinence;
  • painful sexual intercourse
  • vaginal scarring and shrinkage;
  • neuromuscular problems; and
  • emotional problems.

Number Six in the Series

In August 2012, the Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all of the cases involving Coloplast transvaginal mesh to a federal court in the Southern District of West Virginia, with Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presiding. Four other transvaginal mesh MDLs are being heard in this courtroom: Bard-Avaulta; Ethicon, Inc. (Johnson & Johnson); American Medical Systems, Inc.; and Boston Scientific Corp. The fifth MDL, against Mentor OB Tape, is assigned to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, with Judge Clay D. Land presiding.

What Is the Purpose of Multidistrict Legislation?

Multidistrict legislation (MDL) allows the consolidation of the pre-trial discovery process. All of the plaintiffs and the corporate defendant share whatever evidence and testimony the judge allows. When everything has been presented, individual trials can begin.

According to drugwatch.com, plaintiffs in an MDL differ from those in a class-action lawsuit in that MDL plaintiffs pursue their own, separate trials and receive separate settlements. If the judge assigns a monetary settlement, it is usually more than the amount assigned in a class-action lawsuit.

If you or a loved one is experiencing serious complications from a transvaginal mesh implant, contact the experienced Louisville transvaginal mesh complications lawyers at Gray and White Law. You can be assured of complete confidentiality. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 and set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.

Matthew L. White
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