A California jury on Thursday March 5, 2015 ordered Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc unit to pay $5.7 million in the first trial over injuries blamed on the TVT Abbrevo. The TVT Abbrevo is just one of numerous transvaginal mesh products that are the subject of thousands of lawsuits.
Following more than three days of deliberations in Kern County, California, jurors found Ethicon liable for problems with the TVT Abbrevo’s design and for failing to warn about its risks, according to a lawyer for plaintiff Coleen Perry.
Perry was awarded $700,000 in compensatory damages and an additional $5 million in punitive damages after jurors in the Bakersfield court found Ethicon’s conduct amounted to “malice,” her lawyer said.
The verdict is the fourth win for plaintiffs suing Ethicon over transvaginal mesh. More than 36,000 lawsuits have been filed against Ethicon in state and federal courts over the devices, which are used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
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Ethicon Mesh Recall and Lawsuit FAQ
Ethicon is a manufacture of surgical mesh products. Surgical mesh is an artificial, net-like product used by doctors to support weakened or damaged tissue inside the body. In some procedures, doctors insert surgical mesh into a woman’s body through the vagina to better reach the affected area. This is known as a TransVaginal Mesh procedure.
TransVaginal Mesh is commonly used to treat women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Ethicon Mesh is used to treat both conditions frequently occurring in women following childbirth. Damaged and weakened tissue allows internal organs to shift inside the body, leading to numerous health problems. In treating POP, mesh is implanted in the body to support a weakened vaginal wall. In treating SUI, on the other hand, mesh forms part of a sling system inserted to support internal organs. Besides TransVaginal Mesh placement, surgical mesh can also be inserted through the abdomen.