Transvaginal mesh devices have been under intense scrutiny over the years with tens of thousands of women claiming that they have experienced harmful side effects after being implanted with the device. In the latest transvaginal mesh lawsuit, Boston Scientific Corp., a U.S. transvaginal mesh manufacturer, is being accused of smuggling inferior materials to make the devices from a known materials counterfeiter located in China. The company already faces about 30,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits. This lawsuit seeks damages for as many as 55,000 women a year who received the mesh product since September 2012.
Why Were Fake Materials Allegedly Used?
These transvaginal mesh devices are made out of Marlex pellets, a plastic-like polypropylene resin that were once supplied by Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. However, in 2005 Chevron Phillips stopped selling its Marlex pellets stating that the material should not be used in medical devices that are permanently implanted. As a result, Boston Scientific allegedly orchestrated secretive plans to purchase and smuggle 34,000 pounds of resin pellets from a known materials counterfeiter in China. The lawsuit claims that the manufacturer, knowing that the pellets were made in China, reported that they were original Marlex pellets from Chevron Phillips.
Why Is This a Concern?
First, Chevron Phillips stated that the material used to make transvaginal mesh devices should not use used permanently in humans. Additionally, medical grade products made in other countries are not always subject to the same U.S. testing standards. If this is the case, the contents of the material and the effects of that material are questionable. Lastly, a U.S. medical device manufacturer who uses substandard materials that causes harm to individuals should be held accountable.
Contact a Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer
If you or someone you know has suffered harmful side effects after being implanted with a transvaginal mesh device, contact d’Oliveira & Associates. You may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced transvaginal mesh device lawyers, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file a transvaginal mesh device lawsuit for you and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.