Boston Scientific Accused of Using Toxic Substance in Transvaginal Mesh
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Jan 25, 2016 in Defective Healthcare Products
U.S. medical device company Boston Scientific is facing allegations of fraud and criminal negligence for allegedly using illegal, poisonous materials to manufacture its already controversial transvaginal mesh implants.
A class action lawsuit, which was recently filed in West Virginia, claims that Boston Scientific smuggled highly toxic Chinese resin into its facility for use in the manufacturing process of its implantable mesh devices.
The lawsuit also claims the company conspired to defraud the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by deliberately hiding the smuggled substance from FDA regulators.
Allegations Against Boston Scientific
In 2013, the FDA banned the use of resin in all implantable mesh devices. Previously, a specific type of resin was approved for use, provided it was obtained from a U.S. supplier and subjected to rigorous safety tests.
When the FDA ban went into effect, U.S. resin suppliers stopped selling their products to Boston Scientific. However, instead of purchasing a new FDA-approved substance, Boston Scientific illegally imported more than 15 tons of toxic, potentially deadly resin from China.
The latest lawsuit, which is one of several that implicate the company, was filed in an attempt to stop the sale of all Boston Scientific transvaginal mesh implants.
It is estimated that transvaginal mesh devices made with the illegal Chinese resin have been implanted in over 10,000 women. To date, Boston Scientific may still be using the poisonous substance.
Transvaginal Mesh Dangers
Transvaginal mesh implants are commonly used to treat medical conditions, such as bladder control issues or pelvic organ prolapse.
Many women have reported severe health complications after having the vaginal mesh devices surgically implanted.
Approximately 30,000 lawsuits have already been filed regarding the defective nature of transvaginal mesh products, because the devices can cause medical issues, including:
- Tears or holes around the implantation area
- Debilitating pain
- Urinary infections
- Internal bleeding
- Painful intercourse
If you have experienced complications due to the implantation of a Boston Scientific transvaginal mesh device, you may be entitled to join a class action lawsuit against the company.
The transvaginal mesh lawsuit attorneys at Arnold Law Firm are committed to holding negligent manufacturers responsible for their actions; let us fight to recover the compensation you deserve.