As of March 2013, court records show over 5,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits had been filed in federal court against American Medical Systems, many of which alleging injuries caused by the company’s MiniArc bladder slings.
Claims against the MiniArc and other similarly designed devices, which were originally created to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women, are now pending in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) underway in the Southern District of West Virginia.
The following transvaginal mesh brands and products have been named in cases against American Medical Systems and its parent company, Endo Pharmaceuticals:
It is noteworthy to add that plaintiffs in several cases over the above products including the MiniArc sling name both Endo Pharmaceuticals and American Medical Systems as defendant. However, Endo has said it should not be held liable for the actions of AMS, especially since it only purchased the medical device manufacturer in 2011.
Endo’s involvement in lawsuits involving the MiniArc sling and other implants may have already begun to impact the company’s finances, however. A May 7th report from the Wall Street Journal indicated Women’s Health Sales at the company took a 16 percent dive in the first quarter of 2013.
Although the MiniArc sling has not been recalled by American Medical Systems, the litigation in the Southern District of West Virginia is moving forward as the number of cases grows.
In an Order issued by the Court on April 29th, the company agreed to adhere to guidelines minimizing the number of documents withheld on work product or claims of privilege. (In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2325) This Order may work in favor of plaintiffs who will have greater access to important evidence relevant to their vaginal mesh lawsuits.
Claims filed over the MiniArc bladder sling allege the implant may cause patients to suffer mesh erosion, vaginal scarring, pain, infection and other complications that may result in multiple revision surgeries.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP has a hand firmly on the pulse of the litigation involving vaginal mesh implants manufactured by American Medical Systems. Firm partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is currently serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the federal litigation based in the Southern District of West Virginia. (In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2325)
If you were implanted with the MiniArc bladder sling or another transvaginal mesh device manufactured by American Medical Systems, you should consider calling a lawyer who can help you find out more about filing a lawsuit at Bernstein Liebhard LLP. Contact the Firm at .