May 6, 2015 — Opening arguments have been presented to a federal jury in California on behalf of a woman who was severely injured by vaginal mesh, according to Law360.
The woman, Roseanne Sanchez, was implanted with Boston Scientific’s Pinnacle pelvic mesh for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. When it failed, she developed chronic pain and recurrent incontinence.
Attorneys for Sanchez claimed Boston Scientific did not adequately test the implant before marketing it as safe, even though the Pinnacle used a different formula of polypropylene (plastic) and had a different shape than other types of pelvic mesh.
Boston Scientific was accused of ignoring warnings that the polypropylene should not be permanently implanted in the human body or in places where it would be exposed to bodily fluids.
Last month, Boston Scientific agreed to pay $119 million to settle about 3,000 lawsuits, or an average of about $40,000 per claim. In all, more than 24,000 lawsuits have been filed by women who said the company’s pelvic mesh products were defective.
Boston Scientific has already won and lost several trials involving its Pinnacle mesh. In July 2014, Bloomberg reported that a Massachusetts jury cleared Boston Scientific of wrongdoing in a lawsuit filed by a woman injured by the Pinnacle mesh.
However, in November 2014, a jury in Florida ordered Boston Scientific to pay $27 million to four women who were injured by infection, scar tissue, chronic pain, organ perforation, and other complications.
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