Appeals court upholds $19m Boston Scientific loss in pelvic mesh case

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) has lost another bid as it looked to overturn an $18.5 million loss in a product liability suit over alleged injuries caused by its Obtryx pelvic mesh. A jury in West Virginia federal court in November 2014 found Boston Scientific liable to 4 women following a 10-day trial; the trial judge later ordered the Marlborough, Mass.-based company to pay each of the 4 women damages ranging from $3.25 million to $4.25 million (the 4th plaintiff later settled her case out of court and it was dismissed). In its appeal, Boston Scientific argued that the court’s decision to consolidate the four cases into a single trial created potential prejudice and confusion amongst the jury. The appeals court disagreed, saying that “BSC lacks evidence that the district court’s safeguards were inadequate or that consolidation in fact resulted in any prejudice or jury confusion.” “Instead, it asks us to infer jury confusion based on the similarities of the damages awarded to each plaintiff. Attempting to reverse engineer the jury’s thought processes based on its verdicts is always a dangerous enterprise, because we have no way of knowing what really happened during jury deliberations,” the court wrote, according to official documents. “Here, there is little reason to be suspicious of the verdicts given that BSC had a chance to fully develop its defenses and that the judge properly instructed the jury through...
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Conclusion Pubovaginal slings are superior to Burch colposuspension surgery but exhibit more retention. Retropubic slings are superior to transobturator slings, with more adverse events. Other slings are superior to minislings in the subjective aspect. There was no difference in the comparisons between midurethral slings versus Burch colposuspension surgery, pubovaginal versus midurethral slings, and inside-out versus outside-in transobturator slings.Resumo Objetivo comparar tratamentos cir úrgicos para incontinência urinária de esforço (IUE), quanto à eficiência e complicaç&o...
Source: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetricia - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
Synthetic mid-urethral tapes have become the commonest operation for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) since introduction to the UK in 1998. Transvaginal mesh for vaginal prolapse repair became available in 2002. Tapes were implanted in over 90% of SUI procedures in UK at their peak of adoption, compared to less than 10% mesh utilisation in prolapse operations. However, increasing concern about adverse events associated with prolapse devices has led to worldwide scrutiny of all mesh devices, and some manufacturers have withdrawn from the market.
Source: Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Ethics/education Source Type: research
Publication date: September 2018Source: European Urology Supplements, Volume 17, Issue 9Author(s): Hernández D. Hernández, B. Padilla-Fernández, G. Conde-Santos, D. Castro-Díaz
Source: European Urology Supplements - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
Clinicians should counsel women that maintaining a healthy weight may help prevent urinary incontinence now or later in life, the authors suggest.Medscape Medical News
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - Category: Primary Care Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news
Clinicians should counsel women that maintaining a healthy weight may help prevent urinary incontinence now or later in life, the authors suggest.Medscape Medical News
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news
CONCLUSION: Biofeedback is a beneficial treatment for children with dysfunctional voiding and functional fecal incontinence. More conclusive research needs to be completed to explore the effects of biofeedback therapy treatment to make more concrete conclusions. Healthcare professionals should consider biofeedback as an alternative approach in conjunction with traditional treatments. A multidisciplinary approach is best when treating dysfunctional voiding and functional fecal incontinence in the pediatric population. PMID: 30223405 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: J Pediatr Rehabil Med Source Type: research
Authors: Lopes-Souza P, Dionello CF, Sá-Caputo DDC, Moreira-Marconi E, Frederico EHFF, Marchon RM, Bergmann A, Furness T, Bernardo-Filho M Abstract The purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the effects of whole body vibration (WBV) exercise in the management of cancer therapy-related morbidities. The PubMED and PEDro databases were used to access publications published in English about the use of whole body vibration (WBV) exercises in cancer patients until February 22nd 2017. The studies included were classified according to the level of evidence (LE) by the National Health and Medical Resear...
Source: Drug Discoveries and Therapeutics - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Drug Discov Ther Source Type: research
Dr. Comiter received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He stayed in Boston for his residency, serving as resident in general surgery at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and then completed his urology residency at the Harvard Program in Urology. In 1998, Dr. Comiter served as Clinical Instructor and Fellow in Neurourology and Urodynamics at the University of California in Los Angeles.
Source: Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: Letters from the Editor Source Type: research
Postoperative outcomes for Hirschsprung disease (HD) remain variable, with many patients affected by constipation and/or fecal incontinence. The long-term impact upon quality of life (QoL) for HD patients is unclear. We measured long-term QoL outcomes in adolescents with HD using validated questionnaires.
Source: Journal of Pediatric Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
It usually starts with a phone call: “Doc, can I come and talk to you about something?” The “something” might be erectile difficulties or other side effect(s) from prostate cancer treatment. It might be confusion or indecision about what treatment to agree to. I always inform the caller that any of these issues are better resolved if their spouse/partner is present and then leave it at that. I can make referrals to a pelvic floor physiotherapist for the man who has incontinence issues. I work with social workers who can deal with financial challenges or applications for social assistance. There are ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Conditions Oncology/Hematology Source Type: blogs
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