Do You Have a Gynecological Plastic Mesh Implant?
Boston Scientific Mesh Subject of 60 Minutes Probe
Plastic Degrades, Causes Pain, Injury, Even Death
As many as 100,000 American women may have defective Boston Scientific mesh implants in their bodies that can cause pain, infection and even death, according to a new CBS 60 Minutes investigative report.
The mesh is implanted in the bodies of women to act as a sling to support their internal organs, which can shift following childbirth.
Instead, the plastic in the Boston Scientific mesh oxidizes and shrinks, can become encased in scar tissue, cause chronic inflammation, and pain, and can even perforate internal organs.
A woman with the Boston scientific mesh implant told 60 minutes it felt as if she had sandpaper rubbing inside her whenever she moved. Another woman said she had pain voiding her bladder and saw blood in her urine.
They are not alone. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that as many as 4,000 cases of pain, injury and death involving the mesh have been reported.
Boston Scientific has attracted 48,000 lawsuits over the mesh implant.
According to the May 13 60 Minutes report, for several years, the company has been using a counterfeit Chinese plastic in manufacturing the mesh.
That move came after Chevron Phillips, the maker of the polypropylene resin used in the Boston Scientific mesh implant, pulled it from the market. Chevron Phillips concluded that its plastic was not safe for permanent implantation in the human body.
With the loss of the only federally approved source for the plastic needed in one of its signature products, Boston Scientific then turned to a Chinese manufacturer to provide a replacement.
That manufacturer produced a counterfeit version of the Chevron Phillips resin and imported it into the U.S.
But the company’s alleged wrongdoing didn’t stop there, according to 60 Minutes.
Citing corporate documents, 60 Minutes reported that Boston Scientific participated in a scheme to pass off the counterfeit plastic as if it had been manufactured by Chevron Phillips.
Boston Scientific defended its product’s safety. It did not comment on the 60 Minutes investigation. The American Urogynecological Society said that plastic mesh is "safe and effective.”
The FDA found that the mesh had resulted in nearly 4,000 "reports of injury, death, and malfunction" and complications including "pain, infection, urinary problems, bleeding and organ perforation."
"Serious adverse events," the FDA said, "are not rare."
A plastics expert told 60 Minutes that the mesh implant, which is supposed to last a lifetime, degrades within a matter of months.
Dr. Michael Margolis, a physician who has removed 350 Boston Scientific mesh implants from the bodies of women, has testified about the product’s dangers in lawsuits against Boston Scientific.
“It was folded, it was contracted, it was embedded in scar tissue, it was choking off the urethra. It was 50 percent the size of its original implant,” Dr. Margolis told 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley.
If you or a woman you know had a Boston Scientific plastic mesh implanted after childbirth, you should contact Will Ferguson & Associates, whose lawyers have experience in product-liability litigation and are versed in the complex process of going up against a billion-dollar medical-implant manufacturer.
Will Ferguson & Associates in New Mexico’s largest personal-injury law firm. Its lawyers can advise you about you right to obtain compensation for injury caused by a defective Boston Scientific mesh implant. Call us at (505) 633-7070 to discuss your legal options during a free evaluation of your case.