CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Johnson & Johnson has offered to settle between 2,000 and 3,000 transvaginal mesh cases for $120 million.
Most of these cases are pending in a West Virginia federal court as part of a multi-district litigation consolidation.
Many victims expressed dismay, or even outrage, at the average settlement of $40,000 to $60,000 per case. Comments on an internet message board included statements like “I myself have already had 9 surgeries to date,” “J&J needs to be charged criminally,” and “My life as a woman is over.”
The offer is the first time that Johnson & Johnson has offered to resolve a large group of cases at once; other prominent manufacturers, including C.R. Bard and American Medical Systems, have already entered into such arrangements. To go into effect, the plaintiffs must agree to the terms and a federal judge must approve them.
Johnson & Johnson, which faces about 45,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits, says it has spent about $2.3 billion in litigation expenses since 2013.
These devices are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (PoP), which is a rather common postpartum condition. After the abdominal muscles are weakened or stretched, they sometimes can no longer support pelvic organs, like the bladder. As a result, these organs prolapse (drop) onto the uterus. PoP often causes pain, weight gain, and constipation.
Transvaginal mesh implants are essentially designed to replace these weakened muscles and lift the pelvic organs back into place. Due to their similarity with the devices used to treat abdominal hernias, these implants were approved in 2002 via the expedited 501(k) “no questions asked” pathway. Manufacturers often use this loophole to obtain fast approval for new devices.
Some of the serious side-effects associated with transvaginal mesh implants include:
- Erosion: Over time, the mesh wears through tissue and becomes exposed, making sexual intercourse difficult or even impossible.
- Perforation: The eroding mesh often perforates pelvic organ, causing leaking and internal bleeding.
- SUI: Stress urinary incontinence essentially means uncontrolled urination that is very difficult to treat.
Damage awards are often high in these cases, due to the serious nature of the injuries and the potential for punitive damages.
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