November 14, 2014 — Reuters reports that Boston Scientific has been ordered to pay $26.7 million to four women who were injured by the company’s Pinnacle vaginal mesh implant, after a jury in Miami, Florida decided the device was defective.
The jury awarded only compensatory damages, including $6.53 million to Mania Nunez, $6.72 million each to Juana Betancourt and Amal Eghnayem, and $6.76 million to Margarita M. Dotres.
The Pinnacle is designed to be implanted in the center of a woman’s pelvis, where it supports sagging abdominal organs and prevents pelvic organ prolapse.
The women were injured when the Pinnacle mesh implant eroded into their body and caused complications like infection, chronic pain, organ damage, scarring, infection, and multiple revision surgeries.
This is not the first time Boston Scientific has lost a trial involving its vaginal mesh products. Earlier this year, a jury in Texas awarded $73 million to a woman injured by its Obtryx mesh product, though it was slashed to $34.6 million.
Boston Scientific won the first trial involving the Pinnacle back in July, but they are currently facing another trial in West Virginia. Over 20,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits are still pending in state and federal courts, mostly consolidated in federal court in West Virginia.
Manufacturers of vaginal mesh are facing about 60,000 lawsuits from women who were injured. Several have offered settlements in thousands of lawsuits. Last month, C.R. Bard paid $21 million to settle 500 lawsuits, for about $43,000 per claim.
In a similar agreement, Endo International paid about $48,000 per claim to resolve 10,000 lawsuits. These base payments could be much higher for women who had severe complications or needed revision surgery.
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