The sizable number of lawsuits filed against Endo International is to be resolved with approximately $830 million. The women filing these lawsuits have claimed injury caused by vaginal mesh implants made by the company. This new large batch of resolved vaginal mesh lawsuits comes on the heels of the sizable number of cases that were concluded last year by the company. In those settlements, Endo paid out $54 million to lawsuit plaintiffs.
For years, vaginal and transvaginal mesh litigation has been considered one of the nation’s biggest medical mass tort legal issues involving tens of thousands of cases. Once considered a safe medical device, the vaginal mesh began having complications early on. By July 2011, the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) issued a medical device warning to consumers that there was a potential risk associated with using transvaginal and vaginal mesh products including those manufactured by Endo International, Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson and others.
In early 2014, the FDA announced that it would seek to reclassify many common vaginal mesh devices from its current Class II status to a higher risk Class III status. The reclassification of the device requires manufacturers of the mesh to submit proof of the efficacy and safety of their offered prolapse repair mesh devices before allowing them to be purchased in the medical marketplace. Continue reading ›