CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Shortly after losing its first federal verdict, Boston Scientific suffered another blow when a federal jury in West Virginia ordered the company to pay $18.5 million for its faulty Obtryx transvaginal mesh implants.
Results of the Trial
After a 10-day trial, the jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia deliberated for six hours and awarded four women $14.5 million in compensatory damages and an additional $4 million in punitive damages (Canterbury v. Boston Scientific Corp., Case No. 2:12-cv-08633). Boston Scientific was found to have failed in providing adequate warnings with regards to the safety risks associated with its transvaginal mesh and bladder mesh, the Obtryx Transobturator Mid-Urethral Sling System. Specifically, Boston Scientific was found by the jury to have acted in gross negligence when they failed to warn doctors and patients about the risks in using the bladder/vaginal mesh product.
This decision is one more in a recent spate of cases that have found Boston Scientific guilty of marketing dangerously defective vaginal and bladder mesh implants. Recently, four other women in Miami were awarded a $26.7 million verdict against the company for its faulty vaginal/bladder mesh product, called the Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit, and for inadequate warnings about the kit (Case No. 14-cv-24061, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida). In September the company was ordered to pay a $73 million verdict in a Texas state court for the very same transvaginal/bladder mesh system in the aforementioned case, the Obtryx Transobturator Mid-Urethral Sling (Case No. DC-1214349, District Court for Dallas County). The Texas jury found the company acted with gross negligence in that case as well and that the product was unreasonably dangerous.
What is Transvaginal Mesh?
Transvaginal mesh (also known as bladder or pelvic mesh) implants are used most often in women who have suffered from stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. These conditions occur in more than one third of women. The internal walls and muscles of the pelvic region – which are meant to hold in place the bladder, uterus, vagina, bowels, and rectum – are weak or suffer tissue problems. When there is a prolapse, the organs fall or droop. The mesh looks to strengthen the muscles and hold organs in place, but it comes with severe risks. Transvaginal, bladder, and pelvic mesh implants have put countless women at risk of mesh erosion, bleeding, organ perforation, vaginal scarring, sexual complications, chronic pain, and other serious complications, and Boston Scientific is at the heart of many of these victims’ pain.
The mesh implants designed, manufactured, and sold by Boston Scientific have been found to cause the very injuries they are meant to prevent. In West Virginia alone, there are more than 60,000 transvaginal mesh cases filed in the U.S. District Court of Southern West Virginia and more than 14,000 transvaginal of these cases name Boston Scientific as a defendant. This number only reflects a fraction of the existing federal lawsuits. In fact, Boston Scientific is also named as the defendant in thousands of transvaginal, bladder, or pelvic mesh cases across the country in state courts.
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