September 19, 2013 — C.R. Bard has agreed to an undisclosed settlement in another vaginal mesh lawsuit. The plaintiff, Melanie Virgil, filed her claim in state court in New Jersey and was set for trial on September 23. She alleged that the Bard Avaulta vaginal mesh design was defective and caused her to suffer urinary complications.
It is the second known settlement since Bard was ordered to pay several mulit-million dollar jury awards to plaintiffs. In 2012, a jury in California ordered Bard to pay $5.5 million to Christine Scott, a woman who was injured by the Avaulta mesh implant. In August 2013, Donna Cission was awarded $2 million by a jury in West Virginia.
Bard is facing at least 8,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits in state and federal court. Lawsuits involve Avaulta complications, including erosion, chronic pain, organ damage, incontinence, vaginal disfigurement, and inability to have sexual intercourse. The company pulled the Avaulta off the market in 2012, shortly after the FDA asked 31 manufacturers, including Bard, to conduct safety studies and track women with the implants for at least 3 years.
About 185,000 women were implanted with vaginal mesh in 2010 for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Researchers estimate that up to 15% of them developed erosion or other complications, according to Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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