April 4, 2014 — Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered to pay $1.2 million in compensatory damages to a woman who was injured by the TVT-O vaginal mesh.
The jury in Dallas, Texas agreed that TVT-O was defectively designed, and awarded plaintiff Linda Batista compensatory damages. However, they denied punitive damages after finding that J&J adequately warned about its risks.
In a statement to Bloomberg Businessweek, Ethicon communications director Matthew Johnson said, “The jury’s verdict on design defect is disappointing, and we believe we have strong grounds for appeal.”
The judgement is the latest in a series of verdicts against J&J. Last year, a jury in New Jersey awarded a woman $11.1 million for injuries caused by the Prolift. That product was taken off the market years ago — but the TVT-O continues to be implanted.
J&J is currently facing about 12,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits. The FDA has issued multiple warnings and says complications are “not rare.” The device is implanted through incisions in the vagina and anchored to the pelvis, where it supports abdominal organs like a hammock.
Unfortunately, the mesh can erode through the vaginal wall and become exposed. This complication is associated with infection, bleeding, chronic pain, scarring, inability to engage in sexual intercourse, and the need for excision surgery. Even with surgery, doctors may be unable to completely remove vaginal mesh from the body — it is designed to be a permanent implant.
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