Coloplast: Sixth MDL to Represent Women Injured by Transvaginal Mesh

Aug 30th, 2012 | By | Category: Legal News

It is one of the lesser known transvaginal meshes.

On August 6, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) ordered at least 24 Coloplast federal lawsuits to be consolidated into one court forming MDL No. 2387.

Here is the transfer order.

At least 13 of the cases have common questions of fact and they will become the sixth multidistrict litigation consolidated concerning transvaginal mesh and the fifth to be heard in the Southern District of West Virginia.

Coloplast mesh has been reported to cause injuries including mesh erosion, pain, and infection in women being treated for pelvic organ prolapse. Here is the company brochure.

Drugwatch reports the order states “Centralization is consistent with our recent decision creating separate pelvic repair product MDLs involving [other] defendants.”

In an MDL, cases can still be tried individually. In the event of a settlement, the amount awarded to any one plaintiff will vary depending on her injury.

There are four other MDLs consolidated before the Honorable Judge Joseph R. GoodwinBard Avaulta, Ethicon; Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, Inc. A fifth MDL focuses on injuries from the Mentor Ob Tape and is before Judge Clay D. Land in the Middle District of Georgia. Most of those cases have been resolved.

Plaintiffs can still file individual action in state courts. The first trials on a state and federal level will begin to be heard early in 2013.

On July 20, jurors in a Bakersfield, California state court determined that the Avaulta Plus Biosynthetic Support System vaginal implant caused Christine Scott’s chronic pain, mesh erosion, and incontinence and that she and her husband deserve the $5.5 million damage award after the Bard mesh eroded into her vagina, perforated her colon and continues to cause severe pain.

Bard announced it plans an appeal.

Based in Denmark, Coloplast makes medical products for continence and wound and skin care. It also manufactures four different types of mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse:

*Novasilk – A synthetic vaginal mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapsed including rectocele, enterocele and cystocele as well as vaginal vault prolapse. Novasilk is thin says the maker and “may reduce cases of inflammation, infection, or erosion by having less implanted material.”

*Suspend- made of human biologic material, Suspend is supposed to integrate better into the human body once implanted to treat pelvic organ prolapse.

*Exair – Polypropylene mesh used to reinforce the pelvic floor to treat prolapsed.

*Axis – Biologic product extracted from the back and back of legs which is intended to integrate into the human body once implanted to treat pelvic organ prolapse

 

 

 

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3 Comments to “Coloplast: Sixth MDL to Represent Women Injured by Transvaginal Mesh”

  1. Thank you for the valuable information that will protect women from harm from these failed and dangerous products. I hope the women whose lives have been destroyed by surgical mesh receive justice and the corporate leaders who obfuscated and bullied their way into profit via patient harm receive justice as well.

  2. Hello,

    Anyone out there with a Coloplast Mesh that has caused them trouble? Explanation surgery? Please hit me back. It’s peculiar that NoW they have a brochure explaining the risks involved. I was NOT given that to read, had I been given that I definitely would NOT have had the doctor use any mesh.

    Please reply to this, I could use some company.

    Terri

    • Tee says:

      Hi Terri,

      I was implanted with the ARIS TOT by Coloplast, it is a sling that was implanted under my bladder and urethia by means of anchors in my pelvic bones. I was never given a brochure or not even informed that I was to recieve “mesh”. I too, would have opted out of that plan. I have had all but a anchor in my pelvic bone removed. Since the removal back in 2012, I have had six UTI’s each more severe than the last. I am to have surgery in Oct 2013 called diagnostic laproscopy. I am being told that I may have nurealogical issues by this surgeon. He is the only gyno that states he does not use “mesh”. I have asked this surgeon will he remove the anchor if he finds it and, will he repair my SUI? I have not gotten a straight answer but will allow the surgery because the original surgeon turned his back on me and refused to even admit that he implanted the mesh in me.

      I am supposedly in the tolling agreement with settlement talks coming soon. I asked my attorney’s “helper” if this settlement would include future medicals, I got no straight answer there either. I am scared about the future and what this gyno is going to do or find. I, along with thousands are facing the same fears. This is truly a nightmare that we wll never wake up from. I’m afraid.

      Your not alone, unfortunately. Get an attorney if you have not done so already. Focus on getting better over everything else in your life, the rest will fall into place. I hope.

      Best of luck,
      TEE “Mesh Angel”

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