Another transvaginal mesh manufacturer has agreed to settle transvaginal mesh injury lawsuits. According to a Reuters article titled: “Endo agrees to $830 million settlement of vaginal-mesh cases,” Endo International Plc said Wednesday it has agreed to pay $830 million for lawsuits brought by women claiming they were injured by transvaginal mesh devices.
The company said in a statement, the agreement will cover what it deemed a substantial majority of the mesh litigation brought against its American Medical Systems (AMS) subsidiary. Endo did not admit liability or fault. One of the plaintiff’s attorneys said the settlement would be implemented over the next year.
Reuters also reported that as of February 20, Endo and AMS together faced approximately 22,000 lawsuits over the devices. The information comes from Endo’s most recent annual filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This is not the first time Endo has agreed to pay to settle transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Just last year, it agreed to pay $54.5 million to settle an undisclosed number of mesh cases.
With other surgical mesh manufacturers attempting to resolve cases (see the previous blog post about Coloplast’s $16 million to settle lawsuits), and the FDA’s recent proposal to tighten safety standards for surgical mesh products, manufacturers will continue to feel the pressure of more lawsuits as transvaginal mesh devices continue to fail nationwide.
Thankfully through the legal system, manufacturers of defective medical devices can be held accountable. Individuals with injuries associated with transvaginal mesh implants are encouraged to contact the transvaginal mesh attorneys at Babbitt & Johnson, P.A. to determine eligibility for compensation for your injuries.