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Court Records Reveal Bard Transvaginal Mesh Contained Plastic Unfit for Humans

According to recently unsealed documents from the ongoing transvaginal mesh litigation, surgical mesh products manufactured by C.R. Bard may contain plastic unfit for human use. Specifically, Bard’s Davol unit used plastic from Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., despite Chevron’s prior warning that the plastic was not fit for permanent implantation in humans.

Approximately 3,000 lawsuits over Bard vaginal mesh products have been consolidated into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) pending in the Southern District of West Virginia before The Honorable Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. In addition to the federal lawsuits, Bard faces hundreds, if not thousands, of claims in state courts across the nation. All of these lawsuits allege painful and debilitating complications after implantation of the transvaginal mesh product, including erosion of the mesh through the vagina, infections, and other problems.

In addition to the lawsuits against Bard, thousands of similar claims have been brought against other manufacturers of transvaginal mesh, including American Medical Systems (AMS), Boston Scientific, Ethicon and Coloplast. In fact, according to a case list released by the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (JPML) in May 2013, there are 6,028 AMS lawsuits, 3,557 Boston Scientific lawsuits, 5,763 Ethicon lawsuits, and 320 Coloplast lawsuits currently pending in separate MDLs — and the number of lawsuits is expected to grow.


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