Irish Drug and medical device maker Endo International said it will pay $830m to resolve roughly 20,000 personal injury lawsuits from patients who say they were injured by the Company’s vaginal mesh implants.
Endo’s American Medical Systems Inc. Unit confirmed that it’s settling the suits over it’s medical devices including Preigee, Apogee and Elevate Implants. The Company still faces more than 23,000 claims over the inserts.
The settlement has come after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that the vaginal-mesh inserts should be subject to stricter safety requirements because they are high risk devices. Thousands of women contend that the implants cause organ damage and make intercourse painful.
Johnson & Johnson, the largest maker of Healthcare products in the U.S stopped selling several lines of vaginal inserts last year. The devices were used to fortify pelvic muscles and to treat pelvic organ prolapse which occurs when the bladder, uterus and bowel become so weak or stretched that they drop in to the vagina. Some women with pelvic organ prolapse eventually need surgery to re-position and secure the pelvic organs.
In the 1990’s Doctors started using vaginal mesh implants to give extra support to the organs after surgery. But over time American Health Authorities began receiving reports of problems linked to the devices. There were cases where the mesh had eroded and women had suffered infections, bleeding or pain.
Moloney & Co Solicitors are currently assisting some clients who have instructed our Firm to investigate whether they would be entitled to obtain compensation associated with their mesh implants. If you wish to discuss your case in the strictest confidence please feel free to contact Liam Moloney Solicitor today at 045-898 000 or simply e-mail the circumstances of your particular case to firstname.lastname@example.org