May 2, 2014

Endo-vaginal-mesh-lawsuitPharmaceutical company Endo International recently announced it will offer to pay approximately $830 million to settle thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits. Endo makes a variety of vaginal mesh products, including the Apogee, Elevate, and Perigee implants used to pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

In a public filing, Endo announced that it entered into an $830 million settlement with women who filed claims alleging Endo’s transvaginal mesh products left them with various injuries including chronic pain, incontinence, permanent deformities, and an inability to control bowel function. The settlement covers approximately 20,000 filed and unfiled lawsuits related to vaginal mesh plant products. There are currently about 40,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits pending in six multidistrict litigations.

Endo is the parent company of American Medical Systems, which makes the following transvaginal mesh products:

  • AMS Monarc Sling System
  • AMS Apogee Vault Suspension System
  • AMS Perigee System
  • AMS Elevate Prolapse Repair System
  • AMS Sparc Sling System

Other firms that make transvaginal mesh implants such as Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Ethicon, and Johnson & Johnson have not announced similar settlements.

In late April, the Food and Drug Administration recently proposed labeling vaginal mesh implants as “high risk devices.” Under this designation, makes of vaginal mesh products would need to prove the safety and effectiveness of their products prior to selling them.

Vaginal mesh lawsuits are being filed by women nationwide after the defective products caused serious injuries and pain. If you suffered complications due to a vaginal mesh product, please contact the experienced attorneys of The Cochran Firm, D.C. We are actively investigating claims related to dangerous vaginal mesh products. Contact us today to find out if you are eligible for compensation. Inquiries by those who suffered vaginal mesh injuries are confidential, free, and carry no obligation.