Boston Scientific has agreed to settle a transvaginal mesh class-action lawsuit that was brought by women in Canada for $21.5 million. According to news reports, the proposed settlement involves about 325 women whose share of the settlement money will depend on the severity of their medical issues. A final approval of the settlement is expected in June.
Health Canada had pledged to review the use of pelvic mesh implants for women with a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse or POP in July 2019, three months after the FDA banned its sale in the United States. A recent, long-term observational study of 54,194 women who received these implants concluded that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should have banned these products sooner than it did.
Horrific Side Effects
Boston Scientific is the only remaining company selling these transvaginal mesh products in Canada. The company stopped marketing it as a treatment for POP in July. The lead plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit was Susan Vester, who had the device implanted back in 2010. She stated in her lawsuit against Boston Scientific that she suffered painful complications including urinary problems, difficulty walking, emotional stress, and pain during sexual intercourse, which is a very common complaint among women who suffer side effects after receiving the vaginal mesh devices.
Vester and her husband said in the lawsuit that the devices were defective and unsafe. They alleged that the mesh was negligently designed and sold and that recipients had required intensive surgical interventions to curb side effects. Some of the most common complaints from women who received these medical devices include chronic pain and inflammation, mesh shrinkage, organ perforation, infection, bleeding, and pain during sexual intercourse.
Vaginal Mesh Should Not Be Sold
A majority of countries around the world have banned these dangerous and defective products. However, hundreds of thousands of women who have received them continue to suffer the horrific side effects presented by these medical devices. As product defect attorneys who continue to represent the rights of many of these women, we have heard these horrific accounts of side effects, which have paralyzed and destroyed lives and have separated many families.
If you or a loved one has suffered the side effects of pelvic mesh, it is important that you contact an experienced product defect lawyer who has handled similar cases and who have helped hold negligent product manufacturers accountable.