Boston Scientific Wins Jury Verdict in Pelvic Mesh Trial

A Massachusetts jury backed Boston Scientific in a product liability case involving two of the company's transvaginal mesh devices.

Boston Scientific has prevailed in a Massachusetts jury trial involving its Pinnacle and Obtryx pelvic mesh devices. 

The jury found that Boston Scientific was not negligent in the design of the pelvic mesh products and did not fail to warn patients of the risks associated with the devices. The jury also concluded that the devices were not defectively designed and that the company did not fail to adequately warn the plaintiff's doctor of the risks.

Nevada resident Ana Martinez and her husband Jose sued Boston Scientific in August 2012 in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. According to the complaint, Ana Martinez suffered from urinary incontinence, mesh erosion, painful intercourse, and pain after she received the Obtryx and Pinnacle devices. The document claims that she incurred "substantial" healthcare expenses as a result of the treatment, but was unable to provide documentation of those costs at the time that the complaint was filed.

This was the third Massachusetts trial the company has won related to these two products.

Vaginal mesh problems re-entered the spotlight last month after a scathing 60 Minutes report claimed Boston Scientific knowingly bought counterfeit plastic materials from a Chinese supplier to make its devices. Boston Scientific opened up to MD+DI after the report aired to defend itself against the allegations.

 

 

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