A Texas jury has found Boston Scientific Corp. guilty in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, handing down a $73.4 million verdict against the company. The jury sided with a patient who charged that Boston Scientific’s Obtryx-brand transvaginal sling was defectively designed, ultimately causing several severe injuries.
The decision marks the first time Boston Scientific was found liable by a jury for its pelvic mesh devices, though multiple other lawsuits against mesh manufacturers have resulted in similar verdicts. Johnson & Johnson lost a similar surgical mesh lawsuit for its Ethicon device, which was also found to cause injuries.
Tens of thousands of women have received a transvaginal mesh device to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. Many women complain of severe mesh complications after the device fails, including internal bleeding, tissue damage when the device erodes through organs and severe discomfort.