September 8, 2014 — Reuters reports that a federal jury in West Virginia has awarded $3.27 million to a woman who was injured by the TVT-O bladder sling manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit.
The plaintiff, Jo Huskey, alleges that the TVT-O is defective and Ethicon failed to properly warn about its risks. She was 52 years old when she was implanted with the Gynecare TVT Obturator (TVT-O) in 2011 to treat stress urinary incontinence. She developed severe side effects, including pelvic pain, and filed her lawsuit in 2012.
The jury agreed that the TVT-O was defectively designed and that Ethicon did not warn about its potential risks. It took them just three hours to decide in favor of awarding compensatory damages.
Attorneys for Ethicon say there is no evidence that the implants are defective and they plan to appeal the decision, according to Law360.com.
The lawsuit was the second case to go to trial out of 33,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits pending against Ethicon. A third trial is slated for December 2014.
The loss is the latest in a string of jury verdicts against Ethicon. The first TVT-O lawsuit went to trial in Texas earlier this year, resulting in a $1.2 million jury award. Last year, a state court jury in New Jersey awarded $11.1 million to Linda Gross, a woman who was injured by the Gynecare Prolift mesh.
The TVT-O is a mid-urethral bladder sling that is implanted through the vagina. Once in place, it acts like a “hammock” to support sagging pelvic muscles, including the urethra. This helps treat stress urinary incontinence, a debilitating condition that affects hundreds of thousands of women.
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