“60 Minutes” Reports on Unsafe Gynecological Mesh Plastic

Over 100,000 women have filed more than 48,000 lawsuits alleging that Boston Scientific’s gynecological mesh inflicts serious pain and injury. The mesh product is a plastic implant designed to relieve urinary incontinence and support organs post-pregnancy. According to a “60 Minutes” report that aired in May 2018, these lawsuits “make up the largest multi-district litigation since asbestos.” Experts consulted for the program said that the plastic in the mesh used by Boston Scientific was provided by a broker in China, and is unsafe for the human body. “I can’t, in my wildest imagination, imagine anybody that’s knowledgeable in the science of plastics ever deciding that it was appropriate to use polypropylene in the human body,” said plastics engineer, Duane Priddy. Patients described their side-effects from the device to include inflammatory reactions and “shooting, uncomfortable pain.”

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