C.R. Bard Settles Another Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

September 19, 2013 — Bloomberg reports that C.R. Bard has settled yet another vaginal mesh lawsuit before allowing it to go to trial in New Jersey later this month.

The plaintiff, Melanie Virgil, agreed to an undisclosed settlement with Bard. She filed her lawsuit after suffering urinary problems as a result of being implanted with the Bard Avaulta Plus vaginal mesh, according to Bloomberg. Her case was scheduled for trial on September 23 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

It is the second settlement since a jury in West Virginia ordered Bard to pay over $2 million to a Donna Cission, a woman who was injured by the Avaulta vaginal mesh implant. In July 2012, Bard was ordered to pay $5.5 million to Christine Scott, another woman who was injured by the Avaulta.

Bard is still facing over 8,000 additional claims from women who were injured by organ damage, erosion, disfigurement, incontinence, chronic pain, and other complications that make sexual intercourse impossible.

The Avaulta implants were pulled off the market in 2012, a few months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked 31 manufacturers to conduct additional safety studies and track women who are implanted with the devices for at least three years.

In 2010, about 185,000 women were implanted with vaginal mesh to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP). According to a study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, up to 15% of women suffer from erosion of the mesh into the vagina.

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