Bloomberg News Interviews Georgia Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer Garrard Regarding Pelvic Repair Mesh Devices

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Attorney Henry G. Garrard III of Georgia’s Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., recently spoke with Bloomberg News for an article that addresses pelvic repair device litigation pending in courts across the country.

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Henry Garrard III

As Bloomberg News noted, Garrard has spoken to doctors and patients throughout the U.S. about mesh litigation and the FDA’s regulation of medical devices such as transvaginal mesh.

In a recently published Bloomberg News article, Georgia product liability lawyer Henry G. Garrard III says that people are “absolutely amazed and shocked” when they learn that Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit marketed its Gynecare Prolift device for three years without federal regulators’ approval.

According to the March 21 article, Johnson & Johnson / Ethicon introduced Gynecare Prolift in March 2005 but did not gain the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval for the transvaginal mesh kit until May 2008. During that period, the FDA received 123 complaints about the device, including one that was actually filed on the day Prolift was approved.

“People are quite upset with those facts,” Garrard tells Bloomberg News, which uses the Gynecare Prolift in the article to illustrate growing concerns about the FDA’s approval process for medical devices, including vaginal mesh kits.

Garrard is the managing partner of the Georgia law firm of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C. Since 2006, he has been at the forefront of defective transvaginal mesh litigation.

The Georgia transvaginal mesh attorney currently serves as the lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation case (MDL) against C.R. Bard, Inc., and Sofradim Production, which manufacture and sell Avaulta products and other pelvic mesh kits. (MDL No. 2187).

Garrard also played a leading role in arguing for the creation of MDLs against three other transvaginal mesh manufacturers: Johnson & Johnson / Ethicon (MDL No. 2327), Boston Scientific Corp. (MDL No. 2326) and American Medical Systems, Inc. (MDL No. 2325).

All four MDLs are being litigated in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia before Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. Although MDLs consolidate lawsuits filed in federal courts across the U.S. for pre-trial proceedings, the lawsuits remain individual cases.

As a result of his background in transvaginal mesh lawsuits, Garrard is frequently asked to share his knowledge and experience at seminars and conferences across the country, including last month’s American Association for Justice (AAJ) Winter Convention in Phoenix and the Mass Torts Made Perfect seminar in Philadelphia and a presentation at this month’s Harris Martin MDL Conference in San Diego.

As Bloomberg News noted, Garrard has spoken to doctors and patients throughout the U.S. about mesh litigation and the FDA’s regulation of medical devices such as transvaginal mesh.

“There are a lot of physicians who are not well educated about these issues,” Garrard tells Bloomberg in the article.

In addition to Bloomberg News, Garrard has been interviewed by several media outlets about pelvic mesh devices, including Lawyers USA, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe and Florida Today.

About Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C.

Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., is an Athens, Georgia-based law firm that has been widely recognized for its ethics, skill and professionalism by Martindale-Hubbell®, The Best Lawyers in America, American College of Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Law & Politics Media/Atlanta Magazine. Since 2006, the firm’s defective medical device and product liability lawyers have pursued claims involving defective transvaginal mesh products, including handling attorney referrals from co-counsel across the country. For more information, call the firm at (866) 354-3544 or use its online contact form.

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