The settlement covers approximately 22,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits that were filed by women who say the implants eroded into their body, leaving them with chronic pain, sexual dysfunction, and incontinence.
The settlement works out to an average of $35,000 per claim, which is on par with Endo’s previous settlements.
In May 2014, Endo agreed to pay $830 million to settle lawsuits involving its Elevate, Apogee, and Perigee Prolapse Repair Systems, providing a base payout of $40,000 per claim. The terms of the settlement allowed women to seek higher compensation for severe injuries and multiple revision surgeries.
Endo has now agreed to pay a total of $2.6 billion in vaginal mesh lawsuit settlements, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company also shut down a subsidiary that makes mesh implants after being hit with lawsuits worldwide.
The litigation has been dragging through courtrooms for years, with numerous multi-million jury verdicts in favor of women who were injured. Only a few device-makers have not yet agreed to large-scale settlements. Johnson & Johnson still faces 54,800 vaginal mesh lawsuits, and Boston Scientific still faces 43,000 vaginal mesh claims.
The consolidated litigation against Endo International involved its subsidiary, American Medical Systems (AMS), which stopped selling vaginal mesh products after the FDA ordered new safety studies.
The lawsuits were consolidated in Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2325) the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston) — In RE: American Medical Systems Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation — Case No. 12-md-02325.