Trial News:   J&J TVT-O Mesh Found Defective

Patient Profiles

Trial News: J&J TVT-O Mesh Found Defective

BREAKING NEWS !! The trial of Linda Batiste v. Ethicon concluded April 3, 2014, just before 6pm central time with the jury returning a verdict that the TVT-O mesh implanted in Batiste was defectively designed. That was the central count to this product liability trial.  The jury awarded her $1.2 million. This marks the second
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Patient Profiles

Suffering in Silence: Hernia Mesh Patient Bruce Rosenberg Suffering in Silence: Hernia Mesh Patient Bruce Rosenberg

Transvaginal mesh has been used in women to shore up pelvic organs since the late 1990s but long before that, the same polypropylene mesh was used in the treatment of hernias. In fact, it was thought that pelvic organ prolapse (POP) where the bladder, vagina, uterus or colon fall through the vaginal opening due to
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Suffering in New Zealand: Jacqui Scott Wants Mesh Removed in States Suffering in New Zealand: Jacqui Scott Wants Mesh Removed in States

Jacqui Scott is making headlines in New Zealand. The Napier resident has been the subject of a column by Kerre McIvor of the New Zealand Herald, as well as a feature article in New Zealand Women’s Weekly. The November 3 Herald article, entitled “Rape victim may yet get justice,” reports that Scott’s ordeal began in
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The Faces of Mesh – One Woman’s Baffling Battle The Faces of Mesh – One Woman’s Baffling Battle

The Faces of Mesh – One Woman’s Baffling Battle October 4, 2013 By Aaron Leigh Horton *Editors Note- Vance is at UCLA at this writing and planning surgery with Dr. Raz on Friday, October 18,2013! Navigating through a violent Texas rainstorm in August was not how I pictured the moments leading up to my very
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THE FACES OF MESH: A Fairy Tale and a True Story – An Update on Linda Kilpatrick THE FACES OF MESH: A Fairy Tale and a True Story – An Update on Linda Kilpatrick

by Aaron Leigh Horton A note from the author: Before the publishing of this story, but after its writing, I received a letter from Linda Kilpatrick.  I’m still not exactly sure why, but I cried from a deep place in my gut for an hour after reading it.  I called my husband and my mom
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When Family Members Suffer  – Watching a Loved One Hurt by Transvaginal Mesh When Family Members Suffer – Watching a Loved One Hurt by Transvaginal Mesh

Your Call to be a Mesh Warrior July 21, 2013,   by Aaron Leigh Horton,   themeshwarrior@gmail.com For many of us, family members of those implanted with transvaginal mesh, life is now largely about watching someone we love writhe in unendurable pain for days on end, staying up nights kissing foreheads, caressing locks of hair, whispering prayers
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Welcome- Why We're Here

April Showers Bring Media Attention, Trial Conclusions April Showers Bring Media Attention, Trial Conclusions

Finally spring is upon us, well almost, and many of you are sick of the freezing cold and the freeze-out by the media to this important issue of mesh injuries. Well things are starting to thaw.  Just this last week, Mesh News Desk was featured as part of a call to have Attorney General Holder
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Feature

Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Filed Against Atrium Medical Corporation Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Filed Against Atrium Medical Corporation

Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Filed Against Atrium Medical Corporation By Dan C. Bolton and Farid Zakaria, Keller, Fishback & Jackson LLP The law firm of Keller, Fishback & Jackson LLP recently filed a lawsuit in California federal court on behalf of a forty-six year old man injured by a hernia mesh product. The lawsuit alleges claims
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FDA

Harvard Researchers Take FDA’s Device Approvals to Task Harvard Researchers Take FDA’s Device Approvals to Task

Using documents that recently came to light, Harvard researchers have traced a troubling approval process within the Food and Drug Administration that allows medical devices to be sold with little oversight. Essentially the supplemental application resembles the agency’s 510(k) process that allows medical devices to be marketed without clinical trials. The paper is reported in
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Legal News

J&J Named in Another Hernia Mesh Lawsuit J&J Named in Another Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

Plaintiff  Richard McLaughlin filed his lawsuit in California’s Central District last February. Although his mesh, made by Johnson & Johnson, was used for hernia repair, the allegations are the same as mesh used for pelvic organ prolapse – that the mesh is defective, that the instructions were missing or misleading, that the company is liable
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Medical News

Study: Symptom Resolution After Complications from Transvaginal Mesh

This research published in January is available for purchase for $59 from the publication.  Note the numbers of complications for mesh exposure, pain and dyspareunia.   Symptom Resolution After Operative Management of Complications From Transvaginal Mesh Crosby, Erin C. MD; Abernethy, Melinda MD, MPH; Berger, Mitchell B. MD, PhD; DeLancey, John O. MD; Fenner, Dee
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Op-Ed

Mesh Down Under: Litigation in New Zealand Heats Up Mesh Down Under: Litigation in New Zealand Heats Up

Mesh Down Under by CARMEL BERRY 5 April 2014 With the plethora of on-line petitions making their way onto social networking pages it seems astonishing that Charlotte Korte and I – two everyday Kiwi women have managed to have our petition accepted by the House of Representatives and passed to the Health Select Committee. We
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Media Reports

Groups Calls for DOJ to Investigate J&J for Document Destruction, Launches Website Groups Calls for DOJ to Investigate J&J for Document Destruction, Launches Website

Today, March 26th, a consumer group, Corporate Action Network (CAN) called on the Department of Justice (DOJ)  to investigate Johnson & Johnson for document destruction. A copy of the letter the group sent to Attorney General Eric Holder is here. CAN also announced the launch of the website  www.JohnsonAndJohnsonHurtsWomen.org in Response to Pattern of Defective
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Your Turn

Your Turn: After the Ethicon decision

This woman who will go unnamed has written her thoughts about the Charleston decision regarding the TVT implant and the judge’s decision to cut short a jury decision and to make the decision on his own.   She admits she was frustrated and it was 3 am but she felt better afterward.  As the only reporter
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Mesh Reading Room Resource

Top 10 Myths Woman are Told Today about Pelvic Mesh Top 10 Myths Woman are Told Today about Pelvic Mesh

  Mesh News Desk readers are a savvy bunch and are becoming attuned to the myths they are told about pelvic mesh in place of just the facts ‘mam. The following are things women are told if they are experiencing prolapse or incontinence today… the stories have not changed much. Mythbusters here on fact versus
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We hope you find this a helpful resource. National News Editor, Jane Akre, began MDND with the hope of providing the latest news, information and perspective from the regulatory, industry and patient point of view, something that goes under-reported in much of the coverage of medical devices. The public is just now becoming aware that many devices do not undergo the same scrutiny as prescription drugs and are instead grandfathered in under an FDA loophole that has gone largely unchanged since the 1970s. As a result, patients become the post-market clinical trial subjects, and many suffer devastating and permanent injuries.