As Johnson & Johnson Transvaginal Mesh Trial Takes Place, Lawsuits Against Transvaginal Mesh Makers Continue to be Filed


As Johnson & Johnson Transvaginal Mesh Trial Takes Place, Lawsuits Against Transvaginal Mesh Makers Continue to be FiledOverview: Transvaginal mesh litigation continues to move forward, as the first transvaginal mesh trial began earlier this month. The lawsuit focused on the Gynecare Prolift System, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson; it is the first of 1,800 state lawsuits alleging injuries from the J&J’s transvaginal mesh.  The devices, which are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, are allegedly causing organ damage and other serious complications in women around the country.

  • The first of 1,800 state lawsuits in New Jersey went to trial on January 7, 2013
  • The lawsuit going to trial focuses on the Gynecare Prolift, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit
  • There are several hundred transvaginal mesh lawsuits; Judge Joseph R. Goodwin is overseeing 5 MDLs

Manufacturer & Product

American Medical Systems Boston Scientific C.R. Bard Johnson & Johnson; Ethicon
Elevate Pinnacle Avaulta Gynecare
Perigee/ Apogee Uphold Pelvisoft BioMesh Gynemesh
    Pelivicol Acellular Gynecare Prolift
    Collagen Matrix Gynecare Prolift+M
    Pelvitext Gynecare Prosima
    Pelvilace Gynecare TVT


Side Effects & Complications

  • Mesh erosion
  • Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Perforation or puncture of the bladder, bowels, intestines, and blood vessels near the vaginal wall
  • Recurring Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Urinary problems
  • Chronic vaginal drainage, discharge, or infection
  • Vaginal scarring and shortening

Bellwether Trial Begins

Earlier this month, the first transvaginal mesh lawsuit over Johnson & Johnson’s Prolift transvaginal mesh began in New Jersey State court, where about 1,800 other transvaginal mesh lawsuits are pending. The Plaintiff is a 47-year old woman from South Dakota who alleges that the mesh caused severe complications that interfered with her daily living. She had the device implanted in 2006. Afterwards, she says she experienced swelling, urinary complications and constant pain as a result of her body rejecting the mesh material. After 12 surgeries to remove the mesh, the Plaintiff said that she still suffered from pain and swelling, and was unable to sit for more than 20 minutes. Unfortunately, she is only one of thousands who allege such complications as a result of using transvaginal mesh.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Similar lawsuits have been filed all around the country against all transvaginal mesh manufacturers. In fact, there are currently five different multidistrict litigations (MDLs) involving American Medical Systems (AMS), Ethicon, Boston Scientific, Coloplast and C.R. Bard. U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin is overseeing all five MDLs. He has announced that the first three bellwether trials are schedule to begin in December 2013. The trials will involve AMS, J&J’s Ethicon and Boston Scientific, respectively.