Endo International PLC unit American Medical Systems Inc. has settled more than 100 injury suits that were part of consolidated multidistrict litigation (MDL) over health complications allegedly caused by an assortment of vaginal mesh devices, including its Apogee and Perigee products. The MDL is consolidated in a West Virginia federal court. The device maker indicated that it has settled more than 100 suits in which Plaintiffs claimed to have suffered injuries after being implanted with its devices. The suits targeted devices including the Apogee and Perigee systems as well as the MiniArc Sling and the IntePro Y Sling, among other products.
In May, U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who is overseeing the litigation, said that he’d been informed by counsel for AMS that approximately 108 Plaintiffs had reached a settlement with Endo and that the parties had until April 2016 to submit an agreed order of dismissal with prejudice; otherwise, the cases will be dismissed without prejudice. In April, Endo told the judge that it had “compromised and settled all claims” with about 360 cases.
In April last year, Endo said that it had agreed to pay $830 million to settle a number of suits over the alleged mesh injuries. Its agreement was with several Plaintiffs’ firms — including Motley Rice LLC, Blasingame Burch Garrard & Ashley PC, Levin Simes LLP and Clark Love & Hutson GP — and sought to resolve some 20,000 claims in the ongoing litigation. Plaintiffs in the suits have claimed that the vaginal mesh devices at issue are defective and have caused chronic pain, incontinence and other injuries.
In April 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two proposed orders that would reclassify surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse as a high-risk device and require manufacturers to apply for premarket approval with the agency.