HOUSTON – Steve Mostyn’s vaginal mesh crusade is now international, with the Texas trial lawyer paying a visit to Scotland on Sept. 20 to warn of the alleged dangers of the product.
Steve and Amber Mostyn, founders of Mostyn Law, presented their findings to Scottish Parliament Member Neil Findlay.
Findlay has since called for an investigation of Boston Scientific Corp.'s surgical mesh devices after reviewing what he called "deeply disturbing" evidence collected by Mostyn Law, according to a firm press release.
"Our trip to Scotland provided more evidence that Boston Scientific's reckless behavior has harmed women around the world,” said Steve Mostyn in the release.
“Justice in the U.S. legal system has the potential to help women everywhere. The company's counterfeit mesh should be taken off the market immediately – in every country where women are exposed to its health risks."
As previously reported, Mostyn Law filed a federal racketeering lawsuit in West Virginia earlier this year, accusing Boston Scientific of using counterfeit plastic resin from China in vaginal mesh implants, which treat incontinence and pelvic organ problems in women.
Steve Mostyn joined Findlay, who chairs the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee, at a news conference in Edinburgh with a group of women who have suffered complications from the implants.
Findlay urged Scottish authorities to launch a criminal investigation.
Mostyn Law sued Boston Scientific in January in U.S. District Court in West Virginia under the Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations Act on behalf of women who have allegedly suffered complications from the plastic mesh implants.
The class-action lawsuit cites internal emails detailing the company's efforts to find a Chinese supplier of plastic resin for its surgical mesh after the U.S. manufacturer declared that the material should be not used in the human body and stopped selling it for that purpose.
The emails and others information uncovered by the law firm alleged that Boston Scientific smuggled from China more than 37,000 pounds of unverified synthetic resin in 2011 and 2012 to make the mesh and failed to get FDA approval of the material.
In April, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it is looking into the matter, after Mostyn Law petitioned the agency to recall Boston Scientific's surgical mesh products.
The Scottish government has suspended use of mesh implants pending an independent safety review. Procedures can take place for women who want to go ahead with surgery.
More than 400 legal cases concerning the implants have been filed in Scottish courts, according to the press release.
Mesh lawsuits against Boston Scientific have been filed across the U.S., many of which have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts.