Endo International Plc. has agreed to pay more than $400 million to resolve lawsuits alleging that its vaginal mesh implants were defective and caused serious side effects in women who got them.
According to a Bloomberg News report, Endo, the parent company of American Medical Systems that makes Perigee, Apogee and Elevate mesh implants, is adding $400 million to its $1.2 liability reserve for the devices.
The mesh implants were designed to support pelvic muscles and treat incontinence.
The deal resolves lawsuits including 38 in which Bisnar Chase has been involved.
As our law firm took these cases, we’ve gained insight into the plight of these women who are seeking justice and want to hold the manufacturers of these vaginal mesh implants accountable.
Many of the women who got these implants were told that these were “minimally invasive” procedures that would repair damage caused by pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and have minimal side effects.
Severe Pain and Side Effects
But, as our clients and thousands of other women nationwide learned the very hard way, these mesh implants came with significant side effects. Many women saw the mesh implants disintegrate and erode causing severe pain and internal damage.
Many of our clients had trouble sitting down or being intimate with their partners. Some even suffered nerve damage because of mesh erosion.
It worsened their incontinence issues. Victims also suffered severe depression because the quality of their lives was lost. Some lost their livelihoods because they couldn’t work anymore.
None of the women who sought treatment and were given the option of getting the mesh implants were informed of such terrible side effects.
They were not given the information they needed to make critical healthcare choices.
Justice and Fair Compensation
Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered several of these mesh implant manufacturers such as Endo, Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard and 31 others to study rates of organ damage and complications linked to the devices.
In 2010 alone, doctors inserted more than 70,000 of these mesh implant devices that are threaded through incisions in the vagina to shore up pelvic muscles.
This debacle arose because the manufacturers of these devices failed to properly test and evaluate the devices before putting them in the market.
We at Bisnar Chase feel privileged to represent these clients.
These are some of the most egregious defective product cases our legal practice has seen. Our hope is that these negligent manufacturers are held accountable and that every injured victim gets the fair compensation for her significant losses.