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Cook Medical Joins Federal Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits in WV

Cook Medical website

Cook Medical website

June 18, 2013 ~ Just call it Multidistrict Litigation No. 2440.

As if more than 23, 386 lawsuits (as of June 12) filed against synthetic transvaginal mesh makers were not enough, cases filed against Cook Medical have just been added to the multidistrict litigation (MDL) consolidated in one federal court in West Virginia.

Cook is now the sixth mesh manufacturer whose product liability lawsuits are set to be heard in the federal court in Charleston.

On June 11, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) ordered the transfer of 13 complaints naming Cook Medical from eight different districts to now be overseen by the Honorable Judge Joseph. R. Goodwin.

Judge Joseph R. Goodwin

Judge Joseph R. Goodwin

The other manufacturers include Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson), Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, Coloplast and C.R. Bard.

On July 8, the first  of four bellwether cases against C.R. Bard is scheduled to go to trial.

Last June C.R. Bard lost a case filed by Christine Scott in California state court. Bard was ordered to pay Scott and her husband $5.5 million. That decision has been appealed by Bard.

Cook Medical makes the Surgisis Biodesign Tension-Free Urethral Sling, Surgisis Biodesign Anterior Pelvic Floor Graft, Surgisis Biodesign Posterior Pelvic Floor Graft, Cook Urological Stratasis Urethral Sling or Stratasis Tension Free Urethral Sling.

Here is their website.

While most of the vaginal mesh products causing complications are made from polypropylene (PP), Cook has positioned itself as a specialist in biologic grafts, or dermis-based mesh. The Surgisis sling is made using the small intestines of a pig.  Women implanted with Cook Medical mesh allege debilitating problems such as pain, erosion, nerve damage, contraction and infection, among other complications.

The company says it is infection-resistant making it safer than other mesh.

Cook Medical prepared a Special Report in 2007, Dispelling Myths About Biologic Grafts. It largely talks about the new evolution of biologic mesh used for hernia repair combining the “best attributes of biologic grafts and synthetic mesh.”

Multidistrict litigation is the consolidation of lawsuits in one federal district court when there is a common question of fact. The judicial panel votes to transfer and consolidate similar cases so that they can move through the court more efficiently.

The first Pretrial Order (here) states a pretrial conference will be held August 1, 2013.

Learn More:

Cook Medical, Press release 2006

http://www.cookmedical.com/newsDetail.do?id=2003

Cook Biotech

http://www.cookbiotech.com/news.php

7 Comments

  1. Betty says:

    I am wondering now why slings are being used at all? Any Kind. Including autologous fascial slings. Even though your own body won’t reject it’s own skin, the sling has a poor chance of working. What is wrong with the “old fashioned” procedures? I know several women who had them and each of their slings have lasted 15 years or more. The “complications” were minimal. I’ve heard Dr.’s say that they were unreliable and caused many issues. Where are the facts that support this? I haven’t found any. I learned that even in the “success” category on this site, that there is a 74% success rate at 7 years. How ridiculous is this? What is drastically needed is integrity in the medical community, at the FDA and with our Dr.’s. The $$$$ is all too tempting. How much human misery has been brought about by this?? There really are no controls, we need buyer beware posted on any medical implant. Why is the sling considered the Gold Standard? I have seen no evidence that supports this.

  2. My name is Louise & this is my story…I’m Canadian & French speaking.I had a surgery done for urinary incontinence and they put in a “languette” .I think it’s called a Sling in English.Soon after the surgery problems started.I went to see the surgeon & I told him that my urinary incontinence was worst.He told me that it’s not possible.Then I started to have Stool Incontinence soon after the surgery,& I told him.Do you want to know what he told me? He responded by telling me that’s it’s not his domain.He prescribed pills but to no avail.My family DR. sent me to have a lot of tests for my Stool problem & intestines.Guess what I did those for nothing because the tests were all normal.I put pads every day now.I have some pressure down there & I have urinary infections.Pills, pills pills…I feel depressed & sometimes I wish I could die.It’s no fun that when you want to go out, you need to sit near the bathrooms and if it’s impossible then I have to stay home.My life is ruined forever, now.I’m a 62yr.old widow & I don’t want to wear diapers.Sometimes I feel that people can smell the odor around me.What a life!!!Please Help me & all the women out there.I hope to hear from you soon.

    • Anne says:

      Louise, have you heard about the medical condition called encopresis? It could be the fecal incontinence problem, or the solutions for that could help your problem even if it’s not diagnosed as encopresis. I have a family member who struggled with this condition as a child and I know a lot about it.

  3. My name is Louise.When I contacted a lawyer in America, I didn’t know that this lawsuit was done also in Canada.I’m Canadian, so can I stay with my American lawyer or get a Canadian lawyer.The lawyer that I chose in USA.already has my story and she already called me.Would love to hear from you as soon as possible.Thank you so much for your trouble.

    • Jane Akre says:

      Thanks for writing Louise. I’m not clear on how you can obtain an attorney in the U.S. and I’m sure many people would like to share in that understanding. Please let us know how that happened and thank you!

  4. Louise says:

    Hello, Jane.When I first heard of the transvaginal sling lawsuit, I wrote to an American lawyer and she called me back.I told her that I did’nt know that this lawsuit was also in Canada.I told her that I’m from Canada and if I can still stay with her, now that she already has my story and has already contacted me twice.She told me that American lawyers can still represent me because this lawsuit is not only in America but in Canada, included.My question is : Can I stay with the American lawyer or do I have to contact a Canadin lawyer.Please contact me as soon as possible.Thank you so much.

    • Jane Akre says:

      I’m sorry but I do not know the answer to your question. I’m aware that Paul Miller in Toronto is taking cases as is Suskinds…. might be a good question for them. As this is becoming an international issue, it’s a good question for women from around the world. Thank you~ Jane A.

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