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Transvaginal Tape Lawsuit Ends in $13.5 Million Jury Award

Transvaginal Tape Lawsuit Ends in $13.5 Million Jury Award

February 16, 2016 — In the second straight loss for Johnson & Johnson, a jury in Philadelphia has awarded $13.5 million to a woman who was injured by a defective Transvaginal Tape (TVT) implant that eroded through her vagina and required multiple corrective surgeries.

The New Jersey woman, Sharon Carlino, was awarded $3.5 million in compensation for her pain and suffering and $10 million in punitive damages. Another $250,000 was awarded to her husband for loss of consortium, according to The Legal Intelligencer.

Carlino was implanted with polypropylene TVT mesh in 2005 for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. Within two years, the implant eroded through her vagina and caused severe pain. After undergoing surgery to remove parts of the mesh, it became exposed again and required additional surgery.

She is not alone — Johnson & Johnson is facing another 180 lawsuits in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, plus over 30,000 lawsuits in a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2327) in West Virginia.

In December 2015, another trial in Philadelphia ended in a $12.5 million award to Patricia Hammons, a Wal-Mart shelf stocker from Indiana who was implanted with the Ethicon Prolift. Just weeks later, the company offered a $120 million settlement for 3,000-4,000 lawsuits.

The Prolift was pulled off the market in June 2012, just months after the FDA ordered the company to conduct new safety studies. Its design was also based on a device that was taken off the market over a decade ago due to safety concerns, according to Bloomberg.

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