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Boston Scientific Settles Pinnacle Mesh Lawsuit Mid-Trial

Boston Scientific Settles Pinnacle Mesh Lawsuit Mid-Trial

May 12, 2015 — Reuters reports that a woman who seriously injured by Boston Scientific’s Pinnacle vaginal mesh implant has agreed to a confidential settlement, ending a trial that went before a jury last week.

The lawsuit was filed three years ago in federal court in California. It is the sixth case involving a vaginal mesh implant to go to trial against Boston Scientific.

The plaintiff, Roseanne Sanchez, accused Boston Scientific of inadequately testing and designing the implant. Furthermore, she says the company failed to inform patients that the new type of plastic (polypropylene) had warnings against being implanted permanently in human tissues.

Lawyers for Ms. Sanchez told Law360:

“She had no idea that no human testing had been done. … Here’s the reality: The design of this mesh is to go into the body permanently. There was no exit strategy. It can’t be removed. It’s an irreversible device.”

The company may have agreed to the settlement because they have had mixed results with trials involving the Pinnacle implant. Last year, four women who were injured by the device were awarded $27 million by a jury in Florida. However, just a few weeks before that outcome, Boston Scientific won a lawsuit in Massachusetts.

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